Tag Archives: fun

lemons.

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who wouldn’t buy from these six?

not many customers were available

 and most who stopped by

had no money on them

so they changed their marketing plan

 added music, dance, costumes

 even an impromptu wedding

and

after drinking away

much of the merchandise

everyone still made a profit

not bad for a day’s work.

“if life gives you lemons, don’t settle for simply making lemonade – make a glorious scene at a lemonade stand.”

-elizabeth gilbert

magical fathering.

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children’s book author roald dahl and his daughter, lucy

What If Willy Wonka Was Your Dad?

Roald Dahl’s Magical Parenting With Food

“food was a huge part of our upbringing,” lucy dahl says. her father delighted his children with fanciful “midnight feasts” in the woods and often used mealtime to test out new characters from stories he was working on.

three-course dinner chewing gum.
fizzy lifting drinks.
everlasting gobstoppers.

these, of course, are the creations of willy wonka, who himself is the creation of author roald dahl.  food is a huge part of his work, and as it turns out, dahl’s creative and sometimes twisted approach to food wasn’t confined to his books.

“food was a huge part of our upbringing,” says dahl’s daughter lucy.
tn this week’s episode of the sporkful podcast, ahead of father’s day, lucy shares stories of the witch’s potions that accompanied bedtime, the cabbage her father said came straight from the queen’s garden, and being woken up in the middle of the night to eat chocolate.

“everything about our childhood was eccentric,” she says, “although we didn’t realize it at the time because it was just normal to us.” lucy dahl is 51 now, but she still bursts with childlike glee when she recalls her father’s “midnight feasts.”

he’d wake the kids up in the middle of the night and pile them into the car – which was full of hot chocolate and cookies – and drive them up the road in the english countryside where they lived.
then they’d walk in to the woods in their pajamas to look for badgers.

“you couldn’t talk, and he’d say, ‘nobody move! and if you’ve got an itch, blow on it. try and hold your breath, try not to breathe!’ ” lucy recalls. “and sure enough, mr. badger would come prowling out and walk right past us. it was incredibly exciting.”only once they had seen an animal could they tuck in to their sweet feast.”and then,” lucy says, “we’d all go home, back to bed, delighted.”

roald dahl kept his kids entertained during normal eating hours, too. he often used mealtime to test out new characters from stories he was working on.”the minpins lived in the woods beyond our house,” lucy remembers, referring to one of her father’s last books, about a tiny people who live inside trees. “the BFG – the big friendly giant – lived underneath our orchard. it all coincided with what we ate. for breakfast were minpins’ eggs and fried bread. but what they actually were were quail eggs.”

just as roald dahl used stories to bring food to life at home, he used food to bring characters to life in his books. willy wonka’s fizzy lifting drinks aren’t just a fun idea – they also tell us something about who he is. in fantastic mr. fox, the three mean farmers who are out to get mr. fox are described only by their body shapes and their diets.

so this father’s day, wake your kids up in the middle of the night, take them into the woods in their pajamas to look for badgers, load them full of chocolate, then put them back to bed.

“even though you’re growing up,

you should never stop having fun. “

– nina dobrev

 

credits: npr, the spoon, the sporkful, dan pashman, m.haircloth

one card short.

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it’s well into the night

when it becomes apparent 

that one of our players

has fully slipped into a

‘one card short of a deck’

state of mind

and announces –

“i can’t play anymore, all of my cards say the same thing.”

“as long as there are games to play it is not over. “

-alex ferguson

holdouts.

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the last holdouts at the grandies’ slumber party at peaches’ (my) cottage.

cousins, cartoons, baby golf, talking dogs, books,

made-up group stories, pizza, mac ‘n cheese, apple juice, suckers,

stuffed animals, laughing, whispers,

sleeping bags, pillows, pj’s, flashlights,

and not much sleep.

“no one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep.”

-author unknown

marvelous.

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what a birthday for grandie j

on an afternoon spent with family and friends at

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imagine a mash-up of

barnum and bailey

music

guiness book of records memorabilia

carnivals, cotton candy, prize tickets

vintage

coin-operated animatronics, mechanical games

and

collections of very imaginable oddity

along with some 

you could never imagine. 

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it was a boy’s dream come true.

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“once a person has all the things they need to live, everything else is entertainment.”
-neal stephenson