Friday, July 25, 2008

Ferdinand And A Purple Cow

I do love cute little vintage china figurines. I'm always on the lookout for them, especially when they're priced reasonably.
I can't seem to resist them, despite my attempts to cut back.
Aren't these cute little guys? The purple one was my mother-in-law's, and I found the little black and white one at a yard sale.
I've always loved the little poem by Gelett Burgess:
I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.
But did you know that he later became annoyed by the fact that he was most well-known for that poem, and followed it up by writing the following?
Ah, Yes! I wrote the "Purple Cow"-
I'm sorry, now, I wrote it!
But I can tell you anyhow,
I'll kill you if you quote it!
Quite the sense of humor, that one!
I like to think my other little figurine is Ferdinand The Bull: A Disney animated short released in 1938, it was based on the book written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. I love the song Ferdinand The Bull - my favorite version is on Michael Feinstein's album Pure Imagination. If you have kids, and you enjoy listening to music with them, you should get this album. I don't have kids, and I love it. I can listen to it over and over. I have been one of Michael's biggest fan for about 20 years- and I will have to write an entire post about him another day.


Anonymous said...

I bought this when my kids were very young, and we still listen to it every once in a while-- it's really cute to see my *Rocker* 14 year old, with his purple punk hair singing along to "Would you Like To Swing On A Star" . . . Oh the blackmail possibilities. . .

Heidi Ann said...

You crack me up! I long to see The New Justin.

Annette said...

Great post, love the poem and his followup. I think I would like him very much. I am looking forward to reading your Michael Feinstein post. I also love that Imagination CD! Last fall when my friend and I went to Ventura we thought about "stepping out 'that' night in Oxnard" but we didn't get the chance. Maybe this year! Love T