Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tale of An Inner Child

Trevor here, with our first blog post of the year. This one is going to be so exciting to share with you. Brenda has been busy with several different projects, some of which are continuing. She has really found what makes her happy. She has always been a kid at heart and that is why our theme of an 'Inner Child' was chosen for this tale.

Brenda has loved "Our Gang" or "The Little Rascals", since she was a young girl. She remembers one Sunday afternoon, during a storm that they had something on TV, she had never seen before. Her mother started to tell her about these little episodes or shorts that these talented children made. She has been hooked ever since. They were even on right after school each afternoon and Brenda would run home, (back in the day, when she could run) so that the TV would be warmed up in time to watch. I guess you had to actually wait for the TV to warm up, as it was a Setchell Carlson with a combination radio. You had to even walk up to it, to turn it on. No remotes in those days.

So this was usually thirty minutes of enjoyment for Brenda to watch. Some of the episodes were so long, that they would get cut off before they would finish. It was years later when VCRs were out on the market where you played a VHS, that she finally got to see these episodes in their entirety. She started collecting episodes by recording them. She has over 120 episodes in that mode. The year when the remake of "The Little Rascals" was released, Cabin Fever made them available for purchase on VHS. Brenda had so much fun as they went on vacation to Kansas that year and starting in Nebraska, she started buying and collecting the various episodes on VHS.

She now had a nice collection on VHS. Now that she has graduated to DVDs, she is well on her way to getting that collection built up as well. She has close to ninety episodes. She was even able to get the full length movie they made: General Spanky that was just released on DVD. Her mother and Brenda watched that movie so many times on VHS, that the tape started to unravel. The last time she almost didn't get it out of the VCR, so she figured she better not try to watch it again. Imagine how thrilled she was, when she saw it was going to be released on DVD. She ordered it the day she saw it was coming out. Her 'Inner Child' was alive once again.

She also has numerous collectables of "The Little Rascals", a plate, several photos from cards, that she has framed and even the Jello Pudding Pops little figurines of Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla and Pete the Pup, who was a Pit Bull, for those of you who were not aware of that little trivia.

Brenda also has a book: "The Little Rascals": The Life and Times of Our Gang by Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann, describing each episode in depth. It's a great resource for all things: "The Little Rascals." BOL

Brenda was given a pixie doll by her family doctor, when she was in the hospital, during the fourth grade with bronchial pneumonia and measles. She still has it sitting in her living room. When her doctor turned ninety years-old, her mother and Brenda sent him a birthday card. Brenda's mother said, "You be sure and mention that you still have that doll." Brenda was planning to. That is where her mother and her always thought alike on so many things. He died shortly after. He had that awful Alzheimer's Disease. What a kind thing to do for a little girl, who was so sick. She tells me that she had a fever of 103°. That reminds me of a song. Any Foreigner fans here? BOL

Brenda had a wonderful experience a couple of weeks ago. She was involved with a professional photo shoot. She had no idea what would happen during this shoot and that good old Trevor here, would be included with some of the shots. They didn't choose any with me, but it was fun to be included. The photographers enjoyed getting to know me. BOL

This was for a project: MyStory with HealthCentral, where Brenda shared her RA Story and then to augment the text of her story, they recorded her voice and a little sound bite was created. The photos are smashing and they really tell the whole story. I was so proud of her that day and she had the time of her life.

They even went to the capitol grounds and out by the river. Her greatest joy was being able to hold her framed photo of her book cover, showing that she was a contributor to the Grief Diaries: Loss of Health book project. We would like to share this with our readers.

Here is the link to that wonderful finished package:

Brenda is now working on several other projects, but writing is one of her greatest joys. It makes her feel like that child again, who got to watch "The Little Rascals" after school.

We hope you have enjoyed this tale. Brenda and I have been wanting to do this for a long time, but we had to wait until the time was right. Brenda is a big believer in timing.

This is Trevor, leaving you with a little bone. May your 'Inner Child' never grow up.