Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fraidy Cat

It's true......... some of the most important thought provoking moments, and most of life's lessons can come from a children's story book. Do you know the story of Fraidy Cat? When I read it again not too long ago.........I realized how the message it contained could apply to life in the new year.

Fraidy cat accidentally found himself on a carousel that started spinning. All Fraidy Cat's buddies, that were nearby, were surprised that he was on the carousel spinning around, and being so brave.......when in actuality.......it was quite by accident that he was doing it at all.

Life's lesson for the new year............when you are spinning out of control on the merry-go-round of your life.........pretend it was meant to be like Fraidy Cat did..........and soon you will have the courage, and strength to conquer any fear, or uncertainty you might have.......as well as gain self-respect, and the respect of your peers!

My Phan Tom Cat above.........is following this advice.....as well as, realizing that in certain circumstances in 2009....... it will probably be better to not be seen or heard.

Here are a few more bits of wit and wisdom for the New Year, taken from stories for children, and presented in the book.......What the Dormouse Said, by Amy Gish.

From Scooter (Vera B. Williams, 1993)..........When you are making things time goes fast.

From Max Makes a Million (Maira Kalman, 1990)............I want to say that wonderful ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes you make a mistake, or break something , or lose a hat, and the next thing you know, you get a great idea.

From 101 Dalmatians (Dodie Smith, 1957)..............Many dogs can understand almost every word humans say, while humans seldom learn to recognize more than a dozen barks, if that.

From Runaway Bunny (Margaret Wise Brown, 1942)............"If you become a bird and fly away from me," said his mother, "I will be a tree that you come home to."

From Peach and Blue (Sarah S. Kilborne, 1994)........................"I don't think I'll last forever," said Peach. "That's okay." said Blue. "Not many folks do. But until then, you have me, and I have you."

And so on..............so many more...........truths, and lessons.....for the ears of babes, and everyone.

Here is my own Fraidy Cat.....Rio...not yet suspecting her ride on the carousel!


4 comments:

donnaobrien said...

Leave it to you to have me actually consider that a cat is....okay.
Spinning out of control on my own Merry Go Round and sending Happy New Year greetings as I try to grab the brass ring. Damn- missed it again!!
D.

lorhen82 said...

Love the pic of Rio! I wish you the best in 2009!

xo
Lori

Johanna Parker said...

Go Rio Go!.... Jump on that big 'ol carousel and conquer those fears :) Fun words of wisdom Sue.... and love both the kitties pictured!!.... Happy New Year and tell Rio to come see Jack in his New Year's attire on my blog.... hehe! What fun we have with our 4-legged pals....

:) Johanna

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