Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chelsea Morning

Bemoaning this morning (yet again) that it's such an unpleasant struggle to wake up my children and motivate them downstairs to eat breakfast - I thought how nice (and improbable) it would be to have kids who leapt out of bed on the first wake up call. The only real options are to have kids who don't want to get out of bed at 8AM or to have kids who get up at 6AM and expect you to get up too. There is no in between and no parent is truly happy with either scenario.
Despite the fable of Goldilocks, nothing is every "just right."
Last night I read that H.A. Rey (co-author of the ether-sniffing Curious George) used his initials instead of his actual name (Hans Augusto) because so many childrens' book authors of that day were women, it was felt that a man may not be accepted as a writer of kid's fiction by the general public.
Fifty years later, J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter using only her initials because her publishers felt that their target audience of 10-year-old boys, would not read an adventure book written by a girl.

song: Chelsea Morning • artist: Joni Mitchell

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