Reason #1408 why I watch TV with my child: “What’s a rehorsalpig?”

The Once-ler Factory on Pleasant Street

One day as we were driving past the Once-ler Factory on Pleasant Street, The Four-Year-Old asked: “What’s a rehorsalpig?”

Mother, shamelessly buying herself time: “I don’t know. What is it?”

The Four-Year-Old, irritably: “I don’t know. That’s why I asked.”

Mother: “Well, where did you hear it?”

The Four-Year-Old: “I don’t remember.”

After five minutes of further questioning, I finally realized that the term “rehorsalpig” came from an episode of Sesame Street. In the skit, the Three Little Pigs were planning to play a trick on a character my daughter calls the “Big Bat Wolf.” The original line was something like “Time for rehearsal, pig.”

Some days the real trick is just figuring out the question.

About Shala Howell

I write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, muse about books and the writing life at, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to Reason #1408 why I watch TV with my child: “What’s a rehorsalpig?”

  1. Pingback: In which The Five-Year-Old puts TV in its place | CATERPICKLES

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