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December 4th, 2002
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Happy Birthday me!
The sun even came out! I had a lovely walk to the post office and my lunch was interrupted twice, first for a call from Mary and then by a package from Sarah. Then I had a most lovely nap. Now I'm a little behind, but I wanted to share a random thought from my walk.

Why don't more children's stories have fish in them? It would be so satisfying to re-write the ugly duckling story into one in which the ugly fish finds out he's not a goldfish after all, he's a beautiful tiger Oscar, and not only does he now have a family, but he's also big enough to turn around and eat the goldfish who were making fun of him when he was little.


children's stories should be about real life, you know? ;)

thinking happy thoughts out to everyone,

--Anne

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From:surfal666
Date:December 4th, 2002 12:48 pm (UTC)
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he's also big enough to turn around and eat the goldfish who were making fun of him
Just because we can eat those who torment us doesn't mean we should. :) Besides, they'll give you indigestion.



(You've always known who you are. Those who didn't recognize you were willfully ignorant.)
From:eviljohn
Date:December 4th, 2002 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Sadly, cannibalism doesn't go over well in children's books (although I'm sure that Chad would be apprecative...). ;)

There's already a "ugly duckling" fish book out there, forget the name of it, one of my friends have it, but they don't like it because in the book (as I recall) the fish eventually turns into a "normal duck" and is now accepted. There's at least one sequel to it.

Happy Birthday!

From:eviljohn
Date:December 4th, 2002 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Ah! Found it: The Rainbow Fish
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From:the_leewit
Date:December 4th, 2002 04:02 pm (UTC)
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That book always smacked uncomfortably of "Harrison Bergeron" to me... odd, because I didn't care too much for the preachiness of *that* story...
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From:the_leewit
Date:December 4th, 2002 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday, you!
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From:mishamish
Date:December 4th, 2002 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Ack! I've got to start reading the Subject lines of these posts! I missed it the first time around!!

Happy Birthday!
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From:kyril
Date:December 4th, 2002 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

That bit about fish in children's books lead a very short train of thought through "fish and childishness" to the recent thread at goats.com, featuring a fish who lives in a (presumably full) beer mug...
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From:novapsyche
Date:December 5th, 2002 03:57 am (UTC)
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Merry birthday! :)
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