The other day when I took the boys to the library, Meatball found the book Piggy’s Pancake Parlor by David McPhail. I had never read it before, and I figured it was just a silly little book that would make my guys laugh. Little did I know a parable on how to treat others was tucked inside!
There are a few chapters in this book, and one of them is titled “One Gruff Customer.” Now, I’m pretty sure all of us, have met a Mr. or Miss Crab! You know, the kind of person that complains even when the sun is shining and the birds are singing? “The sun is too hot, and I wish those stupid birds would just shut their traps! I have a headache!”
In Mr. McPhail’s book, Piggy and Fox have a cranky customer at their pancake parlor. His name is Mr. Gruff. He complains about everything, and Fox has reached his limit. Here we read:
“I can’t stand any more of Mr. Gruff’s complaining,” Fox said to Piggy one night as they were getting ready for bed. “Next time he complains, I’m going to tell him to leave.”
“Let me handle it, Fox,” said Piggy.
Sure enough, the next morning, Mr. Gruff was there, complaining as usual.
“There’s a crumb on the counter!” he howled.
Piggy dropped his spatula and came over to look at the offending morsel.
“There is a crumb on the counter!” he cried. “How awful!” He fell to the floor and pounded it with his fists. “How could I be so careless?” Piggy moaned. “A crumb! A crumb! A crumb on the counter! Can you ever forgive me?”
Suddenly Mr. Gruff felt very uncomfortable. He got down on the floor beside Piggy and put his arm around Piggy’s shoulders.
“Please stop,” he pleaded. “It’s only one little crumb. Don’t worry about it.”
Immediately Piggy got up off the floor and went back to making pancakes.
And Mr. Gruff never complained again.
There you have it–perspective on pleasing people from a pancake parlor pig.
If you’re curious about this book, I linked the picture to Amazon. Click on over! My boys love this story, and often ask for pancakes afterward. Your kids might want to find this at their library, too!