FC: PIG | written & illustrated by Kathleen Dell Justus Mull | KAT
1: For my mother Mary Colleen Justus
3: The characters and the events portrayed in this book are factual. All similarities to the real mother and daughter's experiences are intentional.
5: From far in the distance, in the jungle they currently inhabited, they heard a thunderous roar. | are on another adventure. | Katy | Ellie | and her best friend
6: "Come in momma," the three year old squealed from the tent in her closet. With Ellie by her side, Katy can spend hours tucked away in her bedroom. "Hello young one," her mother called as she opened the door.
7: She wondered where her daughter might be today... outer space, swimming with the orcas, or perhaps enjoying a day at the farm. | She entered her youngest child's room to find her contently surrounded by her stuffies.
8: As Katy's mom left the room she stopped and turned to her daughter. Katy was surprised by the look of seriousness on her mother's face. She wondered if she'd forgotten that she had done something wrong. | Her mom looked at her and softly said, | "I love you little." | Katy smiled at her mom. Her mom smiled in return and asked, "Are you getting hungry my dear? It's almost lunchtime." "Yes momma." "Good, I will see you in the kitchen."
9: "I love you BIG," Katy giggled in reply. Then in perfect unison, "I love you like a little pig! SNORT" | This is a favorite time with her mom. Katy jumped from her jungle and took her mother's hand. | Mother and daughter laughed as they walked to the kitchen. Katy remarked, "We make really good pig sounds." | They snorted again.
10: Katy grew like a vine in that jungle she had once inhabited as a child.
11: Now a teenager with a continued flair for the dramatic, she is not always as content as in those days of years long past.
12: One day Katy came home from school frustrated and angry. Mother was in the kitchen preparing the evening meal. Katy's mom listened, gave her advice, and then softly said, | "I love you little." | Katy's heart did not feel as heavy in that moment. | "I love you BIG," she replied.
13: "I love you like a little pig! SNORT" They giggled. They hugged.
14: Later that evening, Katy went to bed happy. As she lay there, she thought about all the times she and her mom had said those words to one another. In good times and bad times, those few sentences made all the difference for Katy. They made her feel loved. They made her feel safe.
15: Time passed and Katy moved out and on with her life, as every child should. The years rolled by and things once so important to her had become lost. | College next exit Career 4 years Marriage someday
16: Katy's mom had grown old and it was time for Katy to return home. She watched as her mom struggled with the difficulties of aging. | Katy's heart grew heavy one day as she watched her mother sleeping in her recliner. Childhood memories came flooding back to her as she looked upon her mother's face.
17: "PIG," she gasped. "How long has it been?" she whimpered to herself. "Ten? Twenty years?" Katy wondered if those words spoken often and always adored were among the memories that had faded from her mother's mind. Tears spilled down her cheeks. Katy recalled her life and all that her mother meant to her.
18: An hour had passed when her mom stirred from sleep. She opened her eyes to find her daughter kneeling at her feet. Katy took her mother's hand, looked up at her and softly said, | "I love you little."
19: In that moment, Katy was three again as her momma looked down at her and replied, | "I love you BIG." | Joy filled Katy's heart. | That which was lost had not been forgotten.
20: And as had been done hundreds, maybe thousands of times before, mother and daughter looked into each other's eyes and with a giggle said, | "I love you like a little pig! SNORT"
21: The End
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