Hello, again. It’s been a while, a long while.
Thank you so much for your patience. My journey back here has taken longer than expected.
The last time I wrote, I told you I would visit from time to time. For many reasons, I did not do what I stated. I did not tell the truth.
This reminds me of a certain Italian puppet who famously lied. All of us have seen the Walt Disney movie. Jiminy Cricket is my favorite character. But, how many of us have read the original book by Carlo Collodi? It is the only children’s story he wrote.
His story opens with Master Cherry, the wood carver, ready to make a table leg from a log when he hears a voice, “Do not strike me so hard.” Terrified, he gives the talking log to his friend, Geppetto, who makes a puppet. Naming him Pinocchio, the puppet’s nose continues to grow.
Pinocchio is very naughty, he runs away from Geppetto, and harms a Talking Cricket who warns him how to behave. Yet, Pinocchio is a boy with good intentions. Before he sold his Spelling Book to see a puppet show, he promised Geppetto that he would go to school to make him happy. He is very sad that Geppetto gave up his breakfast and his coat for him. With the gold coins he received as a gift from the puppet show master, he intends to buy Geppetto new clothes, a coat, and a new home.
He has many adventures thanks to his conscience telling him to have fun first before obeying his maker, Geppetto, whom he regards as his father.
Pinocchio’s fun turns out to be misfortune by following bad company. There are a few times the puppet is nearly killed, but he is forgiven the first time and later, saved by the kindness of the Blue Fairy.
After lying to the Blue Fairy several times, he is punished by his nose growing so long that he cannot move.
Pinocchio has many more adventures until his conscience truly becomes his guide.
He realizes that he cannot outwit his bad choices and is tired of enduring punishment.
Pinocchio is truly sorry for causing Geppetto pain and sadness. He knows he needs Geppetto, as a child needs a parent.
As with most fantasy, the story ends happily.
You can find it online at: Pinocchio The Story of a Puppet
All of us, children and adults, lie. Many times, we have good intentions, just like Pinocchio but, greed or the need for entertainment or just plain selfishness takes us away from our goals.
When it comes to lying, Pinocchio has plenty of company. The classic Aesop’s Fable
The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Hilaire Belloc’s Matilda, as well as the modern
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan and Jan Berenstain and Let’s Be Honest
by P.K. Hallinan are all examples of the stories about telling the truth.
And just like Pinocchio, I am here and ready to continue promoting classic children’s stories.
The next time we meet, I will discuss books adapted to film.
I look forward to your company.