©2013 Edward C. Lunnon
Thursday 17 January 2013: 6 years 4 months on …
Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Advantage ED
Yesterday was Back to School Day for thousands of youngsters in our coastal provinces. For some, it was for the very first time: the beginning of the next twelve year phase preparing them for Life. Phillip went back on Sunday already for the last time. This is his grade 12 year.
The internet and social networking sites were loaded with pictures – sorry “pics” is what we say nowadays! I tried to find pics of my first day at school.
I couldn’t find any and I couldn’t remember whether we actually owned a camera. Possibly we had a Kodak Brownie Box, but maybe we didn’t. Maybe we didn’t have the money to buy a “spool” or have the “photo’s” “developed”!
Remember those words we used to use?
Remember “Chicken Licken”?
How many of us grew up and learned words and learned to read on “Chicken Licken”?
I did! Fifty – yes, 50 – years ago, in 1963, I started Sub A at the Hendrik Louw Primary School in The Strand.
My first reader was Chicken Licken. She (was Chicken Licken not a “he”?) served me well and taught me all about reading and writing – the most wonderful skills that I still treasure today and which opened up the world for me. Sadly, besides paralysing my body, the CBD also slowly whittles away at these skills.
Yes, the “Sky fell upon her (his?) poor little head”.
Yesterday, during peak rush-hour traffic time, a helicopter crashed into a crane on a high-rise building in central London and the debris showered down onto the road below.
Miraculously, only two people were killed – the pilot and a pedestrian. The sky fell upon his (her?) poor little head!
What are the chances of walking “through the streets of London” and having a helicopter fall on you and killing you?
What are the chances of diving into the surf and becoming paralysed – even killed? What are the chances of developing cancer or motor-neurone disease or CBD? What are the chances …?
Yes, there are times when the sky falls upon our poor little heads and we ask “Why Me?”
Those are the times when we need to “Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenges make you strong.”
“Life isn’t about how to survive the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
AS Chicken-licken was going one day to the wood, whack! an acorn fell from a tree
“Gracious goodness me!” said Chicken-licken, “the sky must have fallen; I must go
So Chicken-licken turned back, and met Hen-len. “Well, Hen-len, where are you
“Oh, Hen-len, don’t go!” said he, “for as I was going the sky fell on to my head, and
So Hen-len turned back with Chicken-licken, and met Cock-lock.
“I’m going to the wood,” said he.
Then Hen-len said:’ “Oh Cock-lock, don’t go, for I was going, and I met Chicken-licken, and Chicken-licken had been at the wood, and the sky had fallen on to his head, and we are going to tell the King.”
So Cock-lock turned back, and they met Duck-luck. ”
Well, Duck-luck, where are you going?”
And Duck-luck said: “I’m going to the wood.”
Then Cock-lock said: “Oh! Duck-luck, don’t go, for I was going, and I met Hen-len,
“Well, Drake-lake, where are you going?”
Then Duck-luck said: “Oh! Drake-lake, don’t go, for I was going, and I met Cock-lock, and Cock-lock met Hen-len, and Hen-len met Chicken-licken, and Chicken-licken
So Drake-lake turned back, and met Goose-loose. “Well, Goose-loose, where are
Then Drake-lake said: “Oh, Goose-loose, don’t go, for I was going, and I met Duck-
“Well, Gander-lander, where are you going ?”
And Gander-lander said: “I’m going to the wood.”
Then Goose-loose said: “Oh! Gander-lander, don’t go, for I was going, and I met
So Gander-lander turned back, and met Turkey-lurkey.
“Well, Turkey-lurkey, where are you going?”
Then Gander-dander said: “Oh! Turkey-lurkey, don’t go, for I was going, and I met
So Turkey-lurkey turned back, and walked wiith Gander-lander, Goose-loose, Drake-
“Where are you going ?”
And they said: “Chicken-licken went to the wood, and the sky fell on to his head, and
And Fox-lox said: “Come along with me, and I will show you the way.” But Fox-lox took them into the fox’s hole, and he and his young ones soon ate up poor Chicken-licken, Hen-len, Cock-lock, Duck-luck, Drake-lake, Goose-loose,’ Ganderdander, and Turkey-lurkey; and they never saw the King to tell him that the sky had fallen.