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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Pigs Might Fly (10/31/13)

TITLE: Ernesto: The Wayward Pig
By Bonnie Bowden


Ernesto raised his snout and sniffed the odorous smells coming from the nearby pen. He and his father and brother lived on the other side of the trough and were used to living high on the hog. Not only were they allowed to roam around in a huge area, but they were fed only the best organic grains and corn. His father had only ten rules to follow, but Ernesto still felt confined by the need to strictly adhere to them all. Yes, I’m leaving and won’t return until “pigs can fly,” he thought.

Knowing the grass was greener on the other side of the fence, Ernesto asked his father for his portion of the family’s inheritance. He wanted to explore the world and sow some of his wild oats. After his father had granted him his request, Ernesto scooted under the wire fencing and went to a foreign land for a series of famous swine and dine festivals. He enjoyed his time of freedom with his newfound friends until “like a pig in a poke” he had lost all of his inheritance to them. His lips were parched and he could find only bits of shriveled turf here and there. In desperation, he even tried to sniff out truffles at one of the local farms, but he wasn’t allowed even a taste of them. When he thought about all he had given up, Ernesto decided that he would beg his father to take him back as his servant. He didn’t want to come home with his tail between his legs, but what other choice did he have?

When his father saw him coming from a distance; he squealed in delight. Filled with love and compassion, his father ran to him and covered him with a “hog and kisses”.

“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I’m no longer worthy to be your son.”

“Come, he called to the nearby neighbors. My son is home and we’re going to celebrate his return.”

When his brother came in from his work out in the fields, he saw the neighbors pigging out and making merry.

“What’s going on?” he inquired.

“Your brother has returned, the sow snorted, “so your father has set a table fit for a swine.”

The older brother refused to go to the party; instead, he wallowed out in the mud and felt disGRUNTled. His father saw that his older son had not decided to attend, so he ran out to talk to him. The older brother responded, “Look! I have done all you have asked of me, yet I have never received all the love and attention you are giving to this wayward brother of mine.”

“Everything I own has always belonged to you,” the father assured him. However a celebration is in order, for your brother who was dead is now alive; he was lost but is now found.”

Moral of the story: Never forgot how SOOIEet it is to be a child of our King.

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C D Swanson 11/07/13
Hahahahaha...Cute play on words wrapped up in a familiar Bible story of the prodigal son.

Good job.

God bless~
Virgil Youngblood 11/08/13
Enjoyed the humor and the message.
Larry Whittington11/08/13
Yes, an interesting take on that famous story.

The one part that is not told is of the other "little pigs" who also got their share and left home but never returned. They were just fried bacon.

From this we must be reminded that we must be faithful till death or we know what our reward is.

Keep writing stories that challenge our faithfulness in showing our love of God by keeping his commandments.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/10/13
This is cute. You had me chuckling. There have been a few Prodigal Son stories this quarter, but this is the first about a pig family. Normally I would say don't take the topic literally, but you added a nice twist to it and it worked. Though I don't know if you considered this, it would make a cute picture book. It needs some tweaking, but I could see it being used as A Sunday School take home sheet.

If you haven't seen Jan's Writing Basics on the message boards, I'd encourage you to check it out. She gives wonderful advice for all levels of writers. Jan also answers everyone who leaves a post on her thread. God bless.
Richard Hicks11/14/13
This was a humorous and delightful approach to the well known story. You words painted a hilarious pig story that could relate to any heart. I do not believe you will stay in the beginner level for very long. This in my opinion, is very well constructed and crafted.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/14/13
Congratulations on ranking 7th in your level! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)