Once upon a time–
In a meadow near the city lived a cow named Ralph.
Ralph wanted his dad to buy him a bicycle.
“But Ralph,” his dad said, “cows don’t ride bikes.”
“Not yet they don’t,” Ralph replied.
Ralph asked and asked his dad for a bike, but his dad said
no and no and no!
Finally he said, “Okay, Ralph, I’ll buy you a bike –
when pigs fly.”
So goes the story, written by Valerie Coulman, about a Cow named Ralph whose dream was to have a bike.
Ralph wants a bike more than anything only his father says “no”, which, in Ralph’s world is the equivalent of “not in this lifetime”.
“I’ll buy you a bike when pigs fly”, says Ralph’s father.
The flying Pig; that icon of impossibility.
“When pigs fly” is our way of joking that a thing could never be. “When pigs fly” is a time that will never come because…