The Curious Case of the Orange Pig
Here's the thing, Pigs are not supposed to be orange. Okay, I'm an author but my secret identity is that I work as a classroom aid (classroom cop)for a before and after school program for kids in K through fifth grade. These are children who have parents who work all day and need care for their children before the start of the school day or after. Hence the name of the program. So for several hours a day I work in a classroom. It's a kindergarten classroom and there is this rug, a whimsical, playful children's rug. It's large, oval and colorful and has the alphabet around the outside and a red barn in the middle with typical farm animals scattered about. It's cute, it really is but it also disturbs me. You see, all of the animals, the cow, the chicken, the sheep, the duck etc. are correctly colored. Except the pigs. The pigs are orange, bright, screaming pumpkin orange. I do not understand this and consider it poor color management on behalf of the person or persons responsible. Why? Why go to the effort to correctly color the other animals as they are found in nature and then take out some kind of coloring hostility on these poor,defenseless porkers? Last evening I brought this to the attention of my director and we dashed off an email to the company requesting an explanation of this obvious color catastrophe. I for one do not want the kindergartners to believe that pigs are orange. After all we are in an affluent suburban community and pigs, as well as other farm animals are not exactly running wild through the streets so the children have nothing to compare. So, we'll see if we get an answer from the company about why on earth they made the pigs bright, screaming orange. Pumpkins are orange, oranges are orange. Pigs are pink(ish) and occassionaly white(ish)maybe black but never orange. It is an odd Orangement of colors.