“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” ~Libba Bray
I hadn’t thought about her in years until this past week when she popped up in someone’s eighties nostalgia page in a commercial for “Holiday Huggable Muppet Babies”. Instantly, I was 7 again, back at McDonald’s with my mom. I had been an only child until then, but soon I’d have to share these mommy & me moments with a little brother.
Baby Miss Piggy made it through 9 moves, one dog attack, a few tumbles in the washer, and the start of high school - all in a diaper - because sometime around the early ‘90s I lost her dress...possibly at the hands of the same baby brother who infamously ripped of Barbie heads.
Then finally, she succumbed to the basement flood of 2003 and I was devastated.
In an attempt to lift my family’s spirits after a recent heartache, I had everyone over at my house today. A “new” Baby Miss Piggy arrived at my doorstep in the midst of it all in a surprise package from someone who thankfully cares & listens to all of my nostalgic musings.
I opened the package & looked over at my mom and for a moment there, it was just the two of us again laughing over cheeseburgers and fawning over Miss Piggy’s lace collar & curly hair.
30 years is a long time. A lot can can happen. People change. Dynamics change. Miss Piggy’s hair & the fabric that made up her dress felt different & somewhat rougher than I remember, proving to me that even toys can change.
I was the only one to notice though because it was my memory that was being passed around the room...To everyone else who gave her a squeeze, marveled at her age, giggled at her cuteness, and listened to a mother’s tale of “Once upon a Happy Meal purchase”, it was just a cute toy & story. But I would venture to say, it was just serendipity weaving our lives back together again.
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