Thursday February 19, 2004

Three More Questions

[ My responses to the other half of last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Cartoon Characters
List your favorite cartoon characters.

Personality Trait
Name the personality trait you have tried hardest to change in yourself.

Childhood Books
Name your favorite book from childhood.

Cartoon Characters

When I was little, I watched Speed Racer and The Thuderbirds (the latter isn't actually a cartoon). I enjoyed the Hana Barbera cartoons a lot - Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and Booboo, Snaglepuss (Exit! Stage Left!), Quick Draw McGraw, and the rest. I had a pair of toy mice I named Pixie and Dixie.

Spouse and self prefer the Disney Toon family to those of Warner Bros. We've discussed this often and have come to the conclusion that most of the Warner Bros. Toons are.. naughty. I may enjoy watching Bugs tweak Daffy on TV but I would never invite either of them into my house! (Just look at what they did to Michael Jordan's house in Space Jam ;-). Most of the Disney troupe, I think, would be polite house guests (even Donald Duck).

Of the Disney group, I love the Pooh Family best of all. I have large numbers of Pooh Family embroidered apparel. Within the Pooh Family, my all-time favorite is Tigger. Many years ago (at least 10), Spouse and self visited Southern CA with my parents in tow; they'd never been to Disneyland. (Note that I was at least 30 at this time :-) There was Tigger, walking about, shaking hands, getting his picture taken. I walked over but he was so surrounded by small children. I walked back to my folks, disappointed. "I can't even get close enough to say Hello", I began when... a furry mitten landed on my shoulder and there was Tigger. We got a photo and I had a good day.

Personality Trait

Name the personality trait you have tried hardest to change in yourself. The personality trait I've been working most diligently to expunge is my tendency to react emotionally to everything. I get upset; I cry. I get annoyed; I get angry. I argue; I blow up. Calm, cool, think it through, lower the stress, nothing is that important. Steady. Better.

Childhood Books

Name my favorite book from childhood... Impossible! You're asking a Reader. I spent hours in the library; I always brought home the maximum allowable number of books.

I remember my delight on the days that the Scholastic Books flyer would be handed out at school; I'd rush home to go through it with my parents, deciding which books to order. I recall my anticipation a few weeks later when the box of books would arrive and the teacher would call my name. All those wonderful new books to read!

There are too many favorites to list. Here are a very few that bubble to the top of my mind:
"My Father's Dragon", "A Wrinkle in Time", The Moffats, Elizabeth Enright ("The Four-story Mistake", "Gone-Away Lake",...), The Boxcar Children, Edward Eager ("Half Magic", "Magic by the Lake",..."The Ghost of Opalina", "Winnie The Pooh", Beverley Cleary (I read about Homer and beezus; my sister read about Ramona), "Rocket Mouse", the Uncle Wiggly tales, "Honey Bear (a book from my _mother's_ childhood), "Samantha's Secret Room", "The Phantom Tollbooth", "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler", "Junior Jamboree for Boys"...

I had a wonderful set of hardcover books we called simply "the Red books"; each volume was filled with stories, or poetry; each volume had a theme. I wish I had these with me, but my mother insists on keeping them (and using them!)

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