When I was 9-years old, we moved to the country. Starting over with friends, and adjusting to a life on a ranch was a lot to take in. At the grocery store (20 miles away) one day, my mom and I ran into an old friend of hers from her high school days. We discovered we lived just miles apart and she had a daughter in my grade.
The very next day, our moms introduced two girls who instantly became inseparable, best friends. After a hilarious incident with a pig (another story entirely), we became Sarah Sow and Polly Pig. We baked pig cakes, gave each other pig earrings, pig socks, pig cards... Everything pigs. We even painted large pigs on our backpacks for a canoe trip; they were easy to spot!
It's been over 37 years from our first summer together. We've gone to college (roommates) and have moved apart, married, had kids (her daughter and my son are 6 weeks apart, yes we planned that), and we've lost people we love, including our dear moms who brought us together. We're never more than a phone call away.
Our children keep in touch and they love it when we all get together. They get to see their moms behave like children, laugh til we cry (or worse) and hear stories we probably shouldn't be telling.
I've donated a pig to Heifer this year in honor of our moms who put up with the constant laughter, the perpetual presence of that extra kid and to whom we owe our friendship. I hope that this gift will help a mom somewhere raise a healthy and happy daughter who has a best friend like mine.
For my Polly Pig!
Love Sarah Sow
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