Once upon a time there was a little boy and a piglet. One night the little boy and the piglet were dreaming at the same time. Their dreams met in dreamland and got stuck together. After that whenever they dreamed they would dream together. The little boy would dream piglet dreams and the piglet would dream little boy dreams. They didn’t know their dreams were stuck together so the little boy thought he was dreaming little boy dreams and the piglet thought he was dreaming piglet dreams.
One day the piglet climbed up on the edge of a well and looked down and saw the elf in the well. Now elfland is very close to dreamland. You and I can’t see elfland because we’re too far away from it; we’re too close to the wakeaday world. But the piglet and the little boy were closer to dreamland because they were dreaming for two so the piglet could see the elf in the well.
The elf in the well was very surprised that the piglet could see him. He grumbled because he would have to grant the piglet wishes. He told the piglet that he could only grant simple wishes. A genie in a lamp has great powers but elves in a well are simple folk.
The little boy and the piglet made their wishes but they got stuck together and mixed up just like their dreams. The piglet would wish to wallow in the mud and the little boy would wish to skip and jump. The little boy would wallow in the mud and the piglet would skip and jump. They didn’t notice because little boy wishes and piglet wishes are very much alike.
One day the piglet came to the well. He made a wish that he could be grown up. The little boy made a wish that he could be grown up. The elf in the well was very sad. He didn’t want to grant this wish but he had to because elves have to grant wishes if they can.
So he granted the piglet’s wish and he granted the little boy’s wish. The little boy became a young man and the piglet became a young pig. And the young man never dreamed little boy dreams again and the young pig never dreamed piglet dreams again.
Their dreams went their separate ways and they never saw the elf in the well again.
Copyright © 1997 by Richard Harter
This page was last updated December 24, 1997.