Thursday, 13 March 2008

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Tellers of the Tale of the Three Little Pigs fall into two camps: Heartless writers who let the wolf eat the first two pigs; and compassionate writers whose first two pigs run to the brick house to eat wolf stew with the third.

If I were writing it, I would probably be in the latter group (unless I was in a bad mood that day). Imagine how that pink, porky little family must feel after its hair-raising ordeal. Despite all their protests and talk of chinny-chin-chins, they still had to go through the upheaval of moving house in a hurry. But now they're huddling together by the fire, enjoying the warmth and familiarity, safe and secure within those solid brick walls.

Tomorrow, we are driving back up north to Cheshire to catch up with friends and stay in our old white house for a couple of days. It hasn't been sold yet, and we're going to rent it out for a while. The kids grew up in that house and we poured gallons of time, effort and cash into getting it just as we wanted it. I love our old house.

There'll be no wolves involved this weekend, and probably a fair bit of huffing and puffing when I pack in the morning. But I'm looking forward to us huddling by the fire, enjoying the warmth and familiarity, safe and secure within those solid brick walls.


  1. Do you think you might end up moving back to Cheshire? Don't let your blog title stop you....

  2. It must be hard to go back to your old house and stay in it for a while. Don't you think it will be hard to leave it again? I had one house in my life to which I was really attached and in my dreams I still go there and I haven't live there in more than 20 years. I dream I enter rooms and find my old things there that I had completely forgotten about.

  3. What kind of teller am I if I say the pigs ate the wolf and then a hurricane came and toppled all those heavy bricks on top of the pigs, killing them nearly instantly, well, after an hour or two of suffering and lots of blood and crushed bones? ;-)

    No no no. I am certain you will be safe by your cozy fire. I've never heard of a hurricane hitting your corner of the world. Sleep well. :-)(the cozy fire within solid brick walls actually sounds quite lovely.)

  4. FA, No, but I'd like to pick up the house and move it here!

    SI, that's amazing, it shows how important a home is.

    GM, I think that makes quite a compelling story; a little gruesome maybe, and perhaps for a different age audience?!

  5. I know how you feel, I've only moved 500 yards from my old house, but can't bear to drive past it yet 'cause of all the memories. I console myself that the new house is now acquiring new memories. It just takes time.

  6. Hope your trip goes well! And, as a librarian, I have to recommend two hilarious retellings...
    The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
    The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

  7. Have you seen the Southwestern version: The Three Javelinas?

    How bittersweet to be in your old house again!

  8. Oooh that's very brave to stay at the old loved place. I would be very tempted if I were you but would worry about the wrench of leaving again.

    Sorry - didn't mean to be a wet blanket! It is probably the most sensible idea! (Why pay for B&B or stay crushed in a friend's or family's when you have a home ready and waiting?) Hope you enjoy your curl up by the fire. Familiarity is good sometimes - like putting a favourite coat.

  9. Have a wonderful time .. take photos!

  10. I think a little bit of you will always be in Cheshire. When I lived there it was called Lancashire!

  11. Wow. I could have sworn I posted here yesterday. There goes the last of my sanity.

    I can't remember what I said then (ha).

    It must be hard going back to the old house where so many memories live. I don't know how I would feel leaving this house forever and coming back to it later for a visit. I feel for you.

  12. I like David Wiesner's version of the three pigs, where they get blown out of the book all together and realize they control their own destiny.

    That seems fitting here, too.

    Hope you enjoy your stay and that the sweet outweighs the bitter.

  13. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  14. Enjoy your trip GBS. Going back is always tough.