Friday, November 12, 2010
I Brake For Bookworms
Next week is Children's Book Week. There aren't that many children's books in the rectory, only a few for when we have visitors. They're mostly picture books with trains and little puppies. Not what we have in mind, at all.
You see, I highly doubt I would even exist if a certain author didn't have this thing for talking animals and bunnies in trousers. All of the animals in Thornton W. Burgess' little animal community--Blackie The Crow, Reddy Fox and Grandfather Frog--all became friends with their readers through books.
JRM: That's right, Tom. When I was growing up, my father especially talked about animals and their adventures. My grandfather gave him Uncle Wiggly Longears which he handed down to me. Maybe that's what inspired your special role at Temptation Parish, why you're a puss preaching the straight and narrow.
Tom: As long as I don't have to walk the straight and narrow, I'd never fit. Too fat. Hehehe!
Tom: Okay, okay, a priest. That is a pretty important role.
JRM: You're not really a priest, Tom. The housekeeper just gave you the name Father Tom.
Tom: Can't I be an honorary priest? I forgive sins, don't I?
JRM: Well, you're in on the absolution and penances..
JRM: You're in the rectory den with the holy water and nips..
JRM: You officiate at weddings and funerals..so I guess you are!
Tom: Weddings I only dig if they throw catnip, and funerals I'm always afraid someone'll grab me and stick me in the coffin.
JRM: Oh, Tom!
Tom: Don't get any ideas. That's one adventure I can do without!
Hope you enjoy Children's Book Week with memories old and new!