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 spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting 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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