Recently Dolores, a Blind Pig Reader, asked where the blog name Blind Pig and The Acorn came from. I almost answered Dolores back right then and there, but then I thought no I should probably do a post about the name because there might be someone else wondering about it. I do give the explanation on my About Page but it’s easy to miss since it’s not on the main page of the blog.
Once I started thinking about explaining the name, I remembered I did a post about it way back when I first started the blog. Here’s a portion of that post written in March of 2008:
“I wish I could take credit for thinking of the name of the blog, but I can’t. Mr. Larry is responsible for the stroke of genius. I wanted the name of the blog to be Appalachian, meaningful, interesting, and a real attention grabber. I ask lots of folks for ideas and come up with a few of my own. Then I remembered Mr. Larry, how he always seemed to know something about whatever topic I mentioned. So I sent off an email to him as quick as I could. He sent me a long list of names one of which was Blind Pig and The Acorn. I immediately liked the name but what did it mean? I didn’t have a clue. The Deer Hunter explained it to me “It’s an old saying: even a blind pig can find an acorn every once in a while I’ve heard it all my life where have you been?” I called Pap to get his wise opinion. He had never heard the saying either I guess he had been where ever I had been! Pap said “But I know another saying that means the same thing: even a broke clock is right twice a day.”
The meaning behind the name Blind Pig and The Acorn was perfect for me. I didn’t really know if I could accomplish what I wanted to-but sincerely hoped like the blind pig-I’d find the acorn.”
Mr. Larry passed away a while back, but he’ll always be part of the Blind Pig and The Acorn for without him it wouldn’t have its name.
Have you ever heard the saying even a blind pig can find an acorn every once in a while or how about the saying Pap mentioned even a broke clock is right twice a day?