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April 2, 2011
★~Today’s Quote: “My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident.” Hans Christian
★~Today is “Fairy Tale Day” official known as International Children’s Book Day:
Denmark’s most famous author, Hans Christian Andersen, was born on this day in 1805. His life was a true tale of the boy who went from rags to riches. He was born to a poor family; his father, a shoemaker, died when Hans was 11 years old. When he was just 14, Hans left his hometown of Odense, Denmark and traveled to Copenhagen where he, literally, became a starving artist (actor, singer, dancer). It was there that he met the man who became his lifelong friend and benefactor, Jonas Collin. With Collin’s help, Andersen received a royal scholarship and completed his education. By his 25th birthday, Hans was on his way to a writing career that would make him one of the most widely-read authors in the world. His first recognition came for his many plays and novels. Five years later, he penned his first of 168 fairy tales.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1968 – The science-fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey” had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.
♥~ 1992 – Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering.
♥~ 1945 – Reggie (Carl Reginald) Smith baseball: Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1967/all-star: 1969, 1972], SL Cardinals [all-star: 1974, 1975], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1977, 1978, 1981/all-star: 1977, 1978, 1980], SF Giants
♥~ 1947 – Emmylou Harris singer: Grammy Award-winning singer: Elite Hotel , Blue Kentucky Girl , That Lovin’ You Feeling Again [w/Roy Orbison – 1980], Trio , At the Ryman [w/the Nash Ramblers – 1992], Wrecking Ball ; Mr. Sandman, The Last Waltz, Pledging My Love, In My Dreams, Amarillo, ’Till I Gain Control Again
♥~ 1962 – Billy Dean singer: Only Here for a Little While, Somewhere in My Broken Heart, You Don’t Count the Cost, Only the Wind, Billy the Kid, If There Hadn’t Been You, Tryin’ to Hide a Fire in the Dark, It’s What I Do, Let Them Be Little
★~Did you know: Fairy tales help to develop imagination and creativity and they help children to understand their own emotional dilemmas in an imaginative way rather than through direct instruction.
♥~ The story of Snow White shows that underlying the physical diversity there can be greater kindness and generosity than is found in the stereotypes of beauty and wealth so lauded by celebrity-worshipping cultures.
♥ ~ In many fairy stories (Goldilocks for example), the smallest and weakest in the group is the one with whom the heroine identifies and in The Emperor’s New Clothes, vanity and pride are revealed as vacuous posturing without substance, masking stupidity and obstructing the use of common sense.
♥~ Fairy tales, as some believe are not cruel and discriminatory; rather they help children to understand, firstly, the quirks and weaknesses of human behavior in general, and secondly, to accept many of their own fears and emotions
♥~ Classic fairy tales are now often rejected because parents insist they might emotionally damage their children. Little Red Riding Hood is criticized because she walks through woods alone and finds her grandmother eaten by a wolf, the dwarfs in Snow White are not political correct, Rapunzel is to dark, and Cinderella is treated like a slave. Those who favor fairy tales as a teaching tools point out that through classic fairy tales children learn about joy and sadness, love and loss, growth and degeneration and that life does have unpleasant events that you must gather your strength to deal with and push through.
I’m dying to know what your favorite fairy tale or children’s book is? Or both!! Odd Love Company!
Wishing you a Saturday filled with some time to read a book, phone a friend, play a game on or off-line, a little time alone, a little time with with good company!