When this pig spoke, I was as surprised as you. Over the years his profundity would save me time and time again. He was a lot smarter than me and made it look easy when he taught my daughter about life. Hell, he was a great mentor to me as well. Luckily I wasn't too stubborn to meet this pig and hear what he had to say. It's all been worth it.
When my strong willed ten year old daughter (Asia) was two she absolutely refused to get in the bath tub, and it was turning into a problem. Late one night I drew the bathwater and picked up the luffa bellied pig toy from amongst the princess dresses on the floor. "Hello" he cried out to Asia in a high squeaky voice. She stopped cold, stunned and mesmerized by the little pink pig.
Then the little pig spoke again. "I am Prince Porkington, who are you?" For the next 8 years I couldn't get this kid out of the bathtub.
Every night another Pig Porkington episode ensued, and she would only get out of the tub once the water was too cold. I learned that I'm a heck of a story teller when speaking from my alter ego, Prince Pig Porkington.
Pig Porkington turned out to be one of the greatest parenting tools ever devised. Our daily episodes turned into parables, with Piggy often having the same issues that Asia had during the day. He made sure that we both laughed until our cheeks hurt, and he always put life into perspective. The metaphors were therapeutic for both of us and I think it helped Pig Porkington adjust to the pressures of raising a fiery child.
Not only did this daily activity take some of the pressure off of me, we soon discovered that we’d tapped into something we called "Muppet Wisdom." As Asia got older I started to tell her about Jim Henson, and we became students of his philosophies. I realized that he was one of the earliest and most important influences in my life.
When the next series of Muppet Movies came out Asia and I were able to enjoy them together, and dip back into the archives of the original (and better) Muppet material. I think Asia, Piggy and I will re-watch the Fraggle Rock series again this winter to see if we can extract further gems of wisdom.
Needless to say, we are stoked that the Muppets are coming out of retirement this fall. Please Disney, don't let us down.