Cochon 555 Contest Winner: A Love Letter to Pearl The Piglet

In the interest of fairness, the top three entries in our Love Letter To A Fictional Pig contest were distributed to all MenuPages editors, who voted on their favorites. The winner, by an overwhelming margin, came in from Seth Z:

Dear Pearl the Piglet from William Steig’s The Amazing Bone in which you found an amazing talking bone and walked around and had adventures and the bone got you into trouble and got you out of trouble all over again thanks to its miraculous talking powers and crafty ventriloquism and knowledge of foreign languages,

I love you. I love you because I was the kid who used to have trouble distinguishing things that happened to characters in books from things that happened to me and I had such an active imagination that it was plausible that I might’ve found an amazing talking bone and followed it down the garden path of idle hands and devil’s playgrounds, and I was a little chunky too, just like you, but when I thought back and thought that maybe I was having a memory of me doing that, I knew it wasn’t true, because I wasn’t a pig and you were. Also, you were a girl and I was a boy. Am a boy. A man. I mean. O jeez. I’m just saying. That you were a pig gave me a little clarity. Which frankly, I could use.


And with that, we’re taking off for the three-day weekend. We’ll see you back here, bright and shiny, on Tuesday morning.

[Pictured: Pearl the Pig from The Amazing Bone/Amazon]

Cochon 555 Contest Winner: A Love Letter to Pearl The Piglet