Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Have You Seen The Little Piggies?













Does my title look familiar? It's a line from an old Beatles song. I think it is called "Piggies". Probably my least favorite of all the songs they did. Here are some images of pigs that I've run into lately. The first three pictures are from a festival of lights in Staunton, Va.. It's a display made by our local credit union. And I must say it's clever, since pigs are associated with greed, and this is a banking facility. The other picture was too adorable to resist snapping. It's a piggy bank at a local art show. I snapped the last picture from our T.V, just for fun. It is Dora The Explorer; an episode when she runs into the Pirate Piggies. When the three year old girls come over, they adore Dora. Pigs get a bad rap. They are all smarter than dogs, and can learn new tasks within five to ten attempts, on a par with or better than a chimp. They will learn to follow word commands, and years later still remember them. And the mother pig sings to her babies while she's feeding them. Remember the story of the mad man in chains who Jesus cured by sending the man's demons into pigs? The pigs then ran off a bank into a lake and drowned. This story must have a pretty important message, because it's in the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, all three. Two interesting things I found in this story. After Jesus performed this miracle, the men told him to go away. Yes, they were afraid, but they didn't like it that their source of livelihood, the pigs, were dead. Financial gain was more important to them than people. But not to Jesus. He saw this repulsive man in chains living in a graveyard, and helped him, thus showing us not to let appearances sway our decisions of who we help. The cured man then wanted to follow Jesus, and in one of the few times ever, Jesus told him no, to stay, and go witness to his family. My commentary says this makes sense because the people there had seen the way this man had been before, so would really believe he had been healed. So he needed to stay where people knew him in order to have a believable testimony. They say you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear, but I think in this case, Jesus did just that.

6 comments:

Stephanie V said...

Hmmm...interesting point: pigs = greed. I always think of savings when I see piggies and banks in the same frame. Like the adorable piggy bank. Is saving the same as being greedy?

Sandra said...

I love your piggies. I love real piggies, if i had the place to keep one I would have one, NOT to eat, to make a pet of. they make great pets. I am back and ready to blog, got to check out your other one i missed and i put YOUR bottle back.

Beverly said...

I love your piggies too. I also liked your past posts of the lights, even though I didn't comment. Hooray for DuPont, and hooray for Dora.

George said...

I'll admit that I'm a greedy pig! I want more wonderful posts like this!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great post, Ginny... My mother and father taught me about GIVING when I was a little girl. I had to tithe a tenth of my allowance. Mom always said that the more we gave, the farther our money would go. I am a PIGGY when it comes to EATING (unfortunately) ---but I have always been a great giver of my money...

Love all of your piggies.
Hugs,
Betsy

SquirrelQueen said...

Cute piggies, the ones in lights are great but I really love the little ceramic bank. You're right, pigs have gotten a really bad rap through the years. They are very smart creatures.

The squirrel in my new header wasn't in a trace, we were just having a little chat. They are park squirrels so they are used to having people around.

Judy