June 30, 2013 – After last night’s chaos, I decided to put aside any bad feelings toward the townspeople and enjoy the upcoming holiday. An early morning walk to clear my head was just what I needed. I took the shortcut behind the boat yard that led to Mrs. Turner’s place and had a lovely visit with my old friend, Vivienne. Vivienne is a 200 pound farm pig with a sweet disposition and a brilliant sense of humor. We refer to each other as, “Ham” and “Eggs”. I asked Viv if she and the other pigs do anything special to prepare for Independence Day. Vivienne said that she always gets a bath from Mrs. Turner and wears a red, white and blue bandana around her neck so that she’ll look nice on the 4-H float in the Fourth of July parade. Webster, a Black and White Berkshire hog said that he attaches little flags to the posts of their pen. “What about you?” I asked Madeleine, a delightful piglet who had joined the group. “Is there anything special that you do to get ready for an extraordinary day?” “Yes,” she replied cheerfully before sticking her entire head inside a rusty bucket. “I eat a banana.” Vivienne and I tilted our heads, issuing each other a silent, “What?” before breaking into hysterical laughter. I love spending time with the pigs. They always lift my spirits. I sang Yankee Doodle Dandy all the way back home eager to decorate the coop with Sawyer and Wilma and organize our Annual Grub Bug Pie Eating Contest. Today was a great day!