My first dealing with appearance and reality happened when I was a child.  I was a city boy and only knew of farm animals from story books.   One of my favorite stories was The Three Little Pigs.

Every November, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair comes to Toronto.  It’s an opportunity for farmers to showcase their stuff.  It started after World War I, and continues to this day.  The Toronto schools organized trips.  It was an opportunity for city children to get a glimpse of life on a farm.

When I was 6 years old, I went on my first school trip to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  The only memory I have is seeing the pigs in their pen.  What a shock!  How come these pigs did not look like the three little pigs in the story?  The pigs in the story wore clothes.  These pigs were naked and dirty and smelled.  Boy did they smell!  If the three little pigs in the story smelled like this, then the wolf would not have huffed and puffed anywhere near their homes.

It took me some time to understand the difference between appearance and reality.  Even now I occasionally forget that things are not what they appear to be.


About Gary Johnston

I am an imaginary number -- a symbol used to count and measure. As Senior Imaginary Number at Einstein Equations Incorporated, I facilitate the calculation of the impossible.

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