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The Pancake Chronicles: joy to the Mole <em>(aka Colleen's cure)</em>

The Pancake Chronicles

Monday, August 07, 2006

joy to the Mole (aka Colleen's cure)

Presently the tactful Mole slipped away and returned with a pencil and a few half-sheets of paper, which he placed on the table at his friend's elbow.

"It's quite a long time since you did any poetry," he remarked. "You might have a try at it this evening, instead of -- well, brooding over things so much. I've an idea that you'll feel a lot better when you've got something jotted down -- if it's only just the rhymes."

The Rat pushed the paper away from him wearily, but the discreet Mole took some
occasion to leave the room, and when he peeped in again some time later, the Rat was absorbed and deaf to the world; alternately scribbling and sucking the top of his pencil. It is true that he sucked a good deal more than he scribbled; but it was joy to the Mole to know that the cure had at least begun.

from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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24 Comments:

Blogger Ace said...

Thanks for sharing!
Hello, friend! :)
And, it has been a long time since I read this book.

7 August 2006 at 18:30  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

Are you going to share your cure (or at least, the results thereof) with your faithful blog readers?

I can't wait until the boys are old enough to start reading books like this aloud to them--it will give me a good chance to read them again!

9 August 2006 at 00:09  
Blogger Cheryl of the Wilds of C said...

Blogger lost my comment from yesterday!

This post doesn't sound like anyone I know...:)

I think there are a pile of books I read as a kid that should be re-read now as an adult. I think I took such creativity for granted when I was younger. It affords so much pleasure to visit great imagination.

Thank you Mr. Grahame

9 August 2006 at 01:27  
Blogger Colleen said...

ALL - I never read this book as a child. Can you believe it? Weep for me. It's strange to me that I never did. I will have to chat with my Parental Unit about that. Hee hee. (Are you reading this, Mom?) Anyhoo, I have discovered it as an adult and am enjoying the trek. It's marvelous.

Hi Acie! (Can I call you that?) What's tickin' in your corner of the world? How goes the job hunt? Blech. :P
I think everyone has read this book. Where was I when all my buds were learning about Rat and Mole? Hmmm, I was probably curled up in a corner somewhere reading the Narnia series so it's all good.

T-Bean! Well, I don't have a book in mind but I definitely have been processing more on paper/keyboard of late. It's good for me in healthy daily doses (alongside a bowl of soaked Irish oaties :).
It's enjoyable to read a wonderful story aloud, isn't it?

Ruthie! Poo on Blogger.
I've been looking over my books the last couple of days and it struck me (WAP!) that I (think I) now have more children's books than grown-up books. It made me smile. :D A few how-to books have inspired me but myths and stories awaken me.

9 August 2006 at 10:15  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

I never read it as a kid either. I was in my mid to late teens before I picked this one up. As with so many children's classics. (What did I read as a kid? I don't even know. Narnia was in there. Lots of fantasy novels that should have been reserved for an older person. Some Jean Auel that should have been reserved for someone much much older. Romancing the Stone(!) at 12! What were my parents thinking letting me read that stuff as a kid?! Hah. They probably didn't know what was in half the stuff I read. I was so voracious with books, like they had time to proof-read everything I picked up!

As I got older, though, my tastes matured, and I started reading children's classics. :-D I love "The Sword in the Stone", Mark Twain, Peter Pan, all that. Also some adult classics, too. Classics are safe--you know they're popular and survived for a reason. (Not that I'm going to be picking up anything by the Marquis de Sade anytime soon, though.)

9 August 2006 at 10:36  
Blogger Laurie said...

I have never read this book but I want to borrow it and read it to Luke if I could when you are finished. Luke loves reading. Hopefully that will keep up as he gets older.

9 August 2006 at 21:10  
Blogger Colleen said...

T-Bean - I never did read The Sword in the Stone amonst many others you listed. There are SO many books. I love it - and endless list to take me to the end of my days.

Laurie - I can't lend you the one we have as it's a fairly old copy of Mark's. But! Do not fear. I will find you a copy. It's really a delight because it's so imaginative. I hope that Luke really enjoys it.

10 August 2006 at 11:11  
Anonymous Betsy said...

I like Chicken soup- and any mystery books.....

I also love true stories...

10 August 2006 at 14:07  
Blogger Colleen said...

When I read Chicken soup I just end up blubbering like a baby. WAH! Mysteries - yes. True stories? Yes to that, too.

10 August 2006 at 19:08  
Blogger Cheryl of the Wilds of C said...

If you haven't read Tolkien's 'Roverandom', you must! It is soooooo great! It's the story of a dog who bites a wizard and is turned into a toy dog. What adventures as a toy dog!

I highly recommend it.

10 August 2006 at 23:34  
Blogger Betsy77 said...

kkkkkkkkkkk! I should ship you some ive read- youd like them!
Muhaaaaaaaaaaaa! May I will just have to come and visit and drop them off in person! :-)

11 August 2006 at 00:25  
Blogger Colleen said...

Ruthie - I will have to read it because I haven't and not having had means it must be have had. I will hunt it down like the toy dog it is.

Bets - Oh if you dropped a book off in person it would be the delight of my soul! You're cheery blonde head in the Knife would make me do a little jig on the spot. kkkkkkkkkkkk!

11 August 2006 at 10:23  
Blogger Ace said...

Colleen! I wasn't in the best spirits last night but I am good now! Thanks :)

12 August 2006 at 07:14  
Blogger Colleen said...

I'm glad to hear it, Acie. It's just good clean soot, right? :)

12 August 2006 at 09:50  
Blogger Ace said...

Yep, just good clean soot :)

12 August 2006 at 21:08  
Anonymous Jillian said...

Hi Colleen,
I've never officially said hello since discovering your blog. (I figured I'd better lest you think I was being rude!) I've enjoyed reading your posts! It's always nice to know where everyone has ended up since highschool. I'm am one of the few who doesn't have a blog so I hope you don't mind me dropping by to say hello. It's nice to type to you. :)

14 August 2006 at 16:16  
Blogger Colleen said...

Hi Jillian! Lurk or comment as you will - I'm just happy to have you swing by! :) You're right ... it's been a lot of fun to see how people are post high school. And good for you for going against the flow and resisting the blogginess that has infected so many of us. It's highly addictive, let me tell you!

14 August 2006 at 17:48  
Anonymous Jillian said...

That is exactly my fear! I may never clean the house, cook dinner, or care for my children if I start a blog. Everything would fall to utter neglect! Kidding of course but I'm already so addicted to the blogs that I read. I do thoroughly enjoy them!

14 August 2006 at 18:17  
Blogger Colleen said...

It was my fear too and I have found it be somewhat true. I think I actually spend more time reading and commenting on other people's blogs than maintaining my own!

14 August 2006 at 21:10  
Blogger Betsy77 said...

Hey Colleen! Maybe one day I shall venture out your way! What do we do there? Is there a mall????
My weakness is Malls and coffee shops! eeeeeeek oh and thrift stores!

14 August 2006 at 22:41  
Blogger Colleen said...

Yellowknife isn't known for its shopping but we do have a little mall, Wal-Mart, Tim Horton's and two other coffee shops. Thrift stores? Well we've one of those. But we could go dogsledding which is HILARIOUS and watch the northern lights every night of the week. There's a couple AMAZING restaurants. There's a French chef in town who loves the north and he's one world awards for his cooking. I'd take you there. :)

15 August 2006 at 08:46  
Anonymous Jillian said...

oooh that sounds fun! Can I come too?

15 August 2006 at 14:15  
Blogger Colleen said...

Of COURSE you could! How fun would that be? :D

15 August 2006 at 23:37  
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