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03/06/2020 9:11 pm  

“A pig?!” Mummy screamed.

“A pig! You’re joking” Daddy threw his head back and guffawed. He fell off the sofa.

But Jide was very serious. “I want a piglet. You promised to give me a pet if I come first! I did! I want a piglet.”

“Darling, there’s no way we’re getting a pig. Don’t you want a regular pet?” Mummy begged, “Like a puppy? A cat? Or a rabbit?”

“A hamster? A horse? Even a cow?” Daddy added. He burst into laughter again, clutching his tummy.

“… anything but a pig.” Mummy said.

But Jide wasn’t having it. “I want a piglet. It’s not like I asked for a gorilla or an elephant or a snake!”

“Go Ri Lla?! SNAKE! Jide!”

“I want a piglet” Jide shouted, stomping his feet and banging his fists on the table.

Daddy stopped laughing. “Well, that’s not going to happen.”

The next day, Monday, Jide didn’t speak to anyone at home. He pushed his breakfast away and didn’t come down for dinner.

“Do you want beans and plantain for dinner?!” Mummy asked with a smile.

“No! I want a piglet” He yelled.

“Well, that’s not going to happen” said Daddy.

On Tuesday, Jide didn’t speak to anyone at home or in school. He pushed his breakfast away, failed his Maths test and didn’t come down for dinner.

“Don’t you want to come first this term?” Mummy asked.

“No! I want a piglet” Jide sulked.

“Well, that’s not going to happen” said Daddy.

On Wednesday, Jide didn’t speak to anyone at home or in school. He couldn’t. He was sick.

“Don’t you want to get well?”
“No! I want a piglet” he moaned.

“Well, that’s not going to happen”

“But you promised” Jide whispered.

That night, Jide had a bright idea.

So, on Thursday, Jide pasted pictures of pigs, small and large, old and young all over the kitchen.

“Aren’t they cute?” Jide smiled.

“No!” Mummy cried. “We’re not getting a pig”

Daddy came home with a puppy. It had the roundest cutest eyes.

“No! I want a piglet!” Jide pouted.

On Friday, Jide placed flash cards with fun facts about pigs all over the house: in Daddy’s tea cup, in Mummy’s makeup purse, taped to Daddy’s phone, stuck on Mummy’s laptop.

“We’re not getting a pig.” Mummy cried.

Daddy came home with a gold fish. It was the brightest shade of golden yellow. 

“No! I want a piglet” Jide pouted.

On Saturday, Jide walked around the house, horn in hand shouting the reasons why they needed a piglet.

“Pigs make many babies. We’ll have a pig farm and become rich! Pigs can eat all our leftovers! We never have to throw food away again! Pig poop is rich manure for Daddy’s garden.”

Mummy stopped reading. Daddy stopped cooking.

On Sunday, Daddy came home with a piglet.

Jide squealed! He snatched it up, did a victory dance and turned to his parents.

“Sooooooo, if I come first next term, what will I get?”

“Pizza!”

 

Ugo Anidi


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