Yesterday was just one of those awful days when NOTHING seemed to go right. I know we all have them so I thought I’d dedicate this week’s Whimsical Wednesday post to this topic. One of my favorite children’s books is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Written in 1972 by Judith Viorst, and illustrated by Ray Cruz, it’s as timely now as it was back then.
And if Alexander doesn’t put a smile on your face, I hope Paul Simon’s 1986 hit, “You Can Call Me Al” will. If not, we could consider moving to Australia!
Instead of sharing a whimsical quote or song like I usually do on Wednesdays, I’d like to dedicate this Whimsical Wednesday post to 7-year-old Sarah Lane-Gomez, the 2018 winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. The theme was “What Inspires Me.”
Sarah is an aspiring paleontologist from Falls Church, Virginia who created her charming drawing during a snowstorm last winter. In her submission Sarah explained that: “Dinosaurs inspire me to study more to be a paleontologist. The shovel is for my future job!” For the full story on the contest (which is celebrating its 10th year), and how Sarah’s whimsical dinos were brought to life, please check out the video below.
And, before I forget, submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 Doodle 4 Google contest, so if you have any young artists at home they’re welcome to enter. This year’s theme is: “When I grow up, I hope…” Here’s the official announcement from Jimmy Fallon and Kermit, the 2019 judges. As an added bonus you get to listen to one of my favorite songs!
As everyone who subscribes to Netflix knows, the streaming giant is known for its “What were they thinking?” bombs (I’m talking to you, developers of The Cloverfield Paradox, and Fuller House). However, they also have released many gems, including: The Christmas Chronicles with Kurt Russell, Bird Box with Sandra Bullock, and of course the brilliant Stranger Things. Another one of their wonderful creations is Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, which is a nearly perfect adaptation of the books. The third and final season is comprised of the last three books: The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, and The End. It dropped yesterday and if you haven’t yet checked this out you need to ASAP! Will the perpetually suffering Baudelaires at long last be granted their well deserved happy ending? Will the greedy, grasping, villainous Count Olaf and his despicable minions get their just desserts? And most importantly, will Mr. Poe finally go see a doctor for his annoyingly persistent cough? As Lemony Snicket is the epitome of whimsy, I’m dedicating this week’s Whimsical Wednesday to both the Netflix show and the books.
In any case, this is how all our stories begin, in darkness with our eyes closed and all our stories end the same way too, with all of us uttering our last words—or someone else’s—before slipping back into the darkness, as our series of unfortunate events comes to an end.
~ Lemony Snicket, aka Daniel Handler, The End ~
~ Dolphin Moon Mermaid, by Sue Halstenberg ~
Maybe I would become a mermaid…I would live in the swirling blue-green currents, doing exotic underwater dances for the fish, kissed by sea anemones, caressed by seaweed shawls. I would have a dolphin friend. He would have merry eyes and thick flesh of a god. My fingernails would be tiny shells and my skin would be like jade with light shining through it. I would never have to come back up.
~ Francesca Lia Block ~
Tomorrow is that heartwarming time of year in the U.S. where we gather together, gorge ourselves, watch football, and try not to kill our annoying relatives.
So to my fellow Americans I wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings. Don’t talk politics, and make sure you leave plenty of room for pie. You can work off the extra calories the next day during the Black Friday sales!
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