Image via WikipediaWelcome to my 100th blog post, dedicated to my current favorite cartoon, Phineas and Ferb. It is one of the few shows that my 5, 8, and 10 year old children can watch together. I have been taking their philosophy to heart lately - what with their theme songs and treating life as an adventure, their sweet attitudes - juxtaposed against their sister Candace's - how do I say this? - more negative point of view. She's always trying to get them in trouble, despite their ongoing inclusion of her, and she ends up flat on her face. An example from this morning:
Candace: (on stage with PFT) Wait a minute! What are you doing?
Phineas: I'm cueing you.
Candace: How did you get a hit single?
Phineas: Well it wasn't easy. It took half a dozen phone calls and most of the morning. But if you're willing to put in the work...
Candace: I'm telling Mom!
Phineas: Okaaaaaay...telling her what?
(Audience stares at her blankly)
Candace: I'm just going to tell.
Poor Candace! Her anger and fear twists her into quite an unhappy person: a cautionary tale. Phineas and Ferb jump right into life. And that's what I need to keep doing, despite the Candace inside me. I need to keep jumping in, stretching challenging myself.
Blogging for the past six months has been a challenge that I have embraced. I almost can't believe it: it was in the winter, late January, when I launched Léna's Lit.Life. This time last year, I was barely acquainted with the verb "blog", and so it was certainly something I never thought I would do. I still have much to learn about the best ways to connect with people and increase readership. Other bloggers have contests, give-aways, *but* - well, maybe that's in the future.
The future. My Writopia students to do not share my affinity for Phineas and Ferb. They are at once too young, and too old. We all agree that Avatar rocks, but these guys don't have the time to watch much TV anymore. Thank goodness! They are the future writers and entertainers of America.
Yet, who can resist this cartoon, the sub-plot with Perry the Platypus, aka Agent P and the bumbling villain, Heinz Doofenshmirtz? What about those lines: "I have an intense, burning indifference." Priceless!
At any rate, this is what my kids watch, and it's good to want what you have, n'est-ce pas?!