Say “Piggly Wiggly” out loud. Now say it three times fast. Now say it with a deep Southern accent. Fun, right?
My love of the name “Piggly Wiggly” began when I was writing my second Pie Palooza play, A Question of Pie, and I needed the name of a market. Early in the script, I have hot-tempered Besta Pie complaining about her sly cousin from Texas, Sweetie Pie. Besta is convinced Sweetie Pie takes scandalous shortcuts in her pie baking. So, I needed a line for Besta that packed some serious comedic punch. And I was tickled piggy-pink when I discovered folks in the South have markets named…wait for it…”Piggly Wigglies.” Perfect.
A line was born. In the first scene, I have grumpy Besta squawk, “Why any yea-hoo can pick up a pre-made pie crust from the Piggly Wiggly, dump in pudding from the box, and spray it with whip cream from the can!” I love a good line made possible by farm animals and the grocery stores named after them.
And I bring this up only because it’s always been a long-distance love affair between Piggly Wiggly and me. I had never stepped foot in a store…until now. Traveling into Florida this week and looking for a place to pick up a few snacks for the road, I discovered to my absolute astonishment I was only within two short miles of a Piggly Wiggly! I’m very certain I squealed.
And now, after my oh-so-casual trip down aisles 1 through 15, my dream of being able to truthfully say “I’ve just been shoppin’ down at the Piggly Wiggly” has come true. Love it.
My Piggly Wiggly line in A Question of Pie is only one of many funny instances in the script. To read a sample of the play or purchase it so that your middle schoolers can have the pleasure of saying Piggly Wiggly out loud in a deep Southern accent for an audience, check out this link: https://funmiddleschoolplays.com/book/a-question-of-pie/
Long live Piggly Wiggly!