On February 29, 2016, Leap Year Day, I started a story here about Froggy. I added a another blog entry about Froggy and his critter friends, and then I added another, and then I added yet another. Along the way, while writing and imagining the critters’ perfect world of plenty, I set a goal. On May 28, 2017, Froggy’s story would be a book that I could distribute at a gathering to honor my dear mother on what would have been her 100th birthday. That wonderful day has now come and gone. Family and friends have their books in hand.
Here is a slice of life just for you from Living Well in Froggy’s World of Plenty: Sweet Talk to Read Aloud.
A hobby makes one limber, lively, and lovely
The critters all had hobbies, activities that brought them pleasure and joy.
Some of the hobbies were physical. Anty Annie, believe it or not, was into body building. She would position each limb, assume a perfect posture, and pose.
Bumbler B and Sweetie B often listened to the birdsongs around them, and they would whirl and twirl and dance, dance, dance.
Flutter By was crafty, indeed. She loved fabrics, textures, and colors, and could she ever sew and knit caps, capes, and other wearable art.
Fuzzy Chick Chick loved teaching Baby Chick Chick how to decorate egg shells with squares and diamonds, dots and lines, and curls and swirls.
Mama Orchid and daughter Minnie O loved to collect and categorize. They had samples of every type of orchid around. They could identify even the minutest details of their pedigree.
Mr. Tree was deeply into genealogy. He meticulously observed the roots and scrupulously studied the origins of his many critter friends.
Woodsy’s hobby was akin to his day job of nonstop chipping and chopping. For fun, he’d craft chunks of wood and chips of bark into critter statues to decorate the terrain.
Squirrely often traversed the ground, aiming for a hole in one. He’d kick an acorn or a walnut or a pecan into a far-off hiding place. Oh, how Squirrely, the golfer, loved this game.
And Froggy? This orator made the most mundane, minuscule moment into a special occasion to puff and pontificate from his platform, a lily pad in his pond.
True to form, Froggy had a few words for his critter friends. “A hobby makes one limber, lively, and lovely.”
They all nodded in total agreement.