As a diversion from the everyday mundane things of life..I decided it was time to bring something somewhat disturbing to the attention of the fine people of TORC. This will take a bit of time to set up the story but in the end I think you will find the read very eye opening.
The set up
A recent discussion occurred between my fine husband, Mr. Bumpy, and I during a drive into the Adirondack mountains, on our way to a hike with some family friends. Mr. Bumpy has always had a rather interesting, and some would say disturbing, obsession with TV Christmas specials. He is actually known for this by our friends. He loves all of them (yes, sadly, even Frosty the Snowman), and he even knows the dialogue of a few by heart. For some reason, we were discussing this, and his favorite of favorites, Rudolph the Red Nosed Riendeer, became the main topic of discussion. Then he brought it up! Yes, he had discussed this issue briefly with me before, but I dismissed it as the rantings of a mad man. But this time I listened ( as I was trapped in the passenger seat and had no options other than to hurl myself out the car door, which I choose not to do)
Remember the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer special? Not the animated versions, we are talking about the one with the strange puppet like/clay guys. You know, the one with the Humble Bumble, strange singing elves, the Santa Claus that suddenly gains 100 pounds in an hour so his coat fits..the one with Burl Ives as a strange snowman singing Silver and Gold. You remember?
Good, now I need you to fast forward in the show, past the elves workshop (note how innocent those elves look, but they are not!), past the discussion of Herbie the Elf wanting to be a dentist, past the horribly prejudiced reindeer who have a problem with Rudolphs nose, further,
Past the Bumble, who is soon humbled. further to yes..TO.
The Island of Misfit Toys!
This is where Mr. Bumpy's assessment of the story got disturbing. First, most of the toys on that island were really not that "misfit". We decided on our car ride (and later on the top of Mount Jo in the Adirondacks) that frankly, there is nothing wrong with an elephant with pink spots on it. And what is wrong with a squirt gun that shoots jelly? Be kinda fun, outside. We agreed that the Charley in the box was fine, and why couldn't he just change his name? Even the cowboy riding the ostrich wasn't so bad, different, but not bad. But we agreed (the discussion now including several hikers) that there were a few that belonged on this strange little island, the train with square wheels, and the bird that couldn't fly, but could swim.
Please now, focus on the bird for a moment. The bird cannot fly, it swims. This is important to remember. Even it's wings look somewhat like fins.
The Disturbing Revelation
At the end of this rather delightful tale, alls well that ends well right? Santa gets over his horrible prejudice and lets Rudolph lead his sleigh, of course only after he realizes that he needs the deer, but we won't quibble over Santa's ethics (that is for the Council of Manwe), and he flys into the snowstorm ready to deliver the toys with Rudolphs help.
But.... first he stops at the Island of misfit toys and they all jump into his sack because suddenly, everybody wants these toys nobody did the year before, right? OK, that's a good thing. But this is it.
you've waited for it,.
here it comes….
Did you notice that as the toys were being delivered, that a wonderful fun loving elf was throwing them over the side of the sleigh. AND, as he did so, he gave each toy an umbrella, we must assume to break their fall. ( Now, a point before the main point, none of the misfit toys appeared to "fixed"!!.) So out of the sack appears the bird, and that little happy elf, at first hands the bird an umbrella, THEN TAKES IT AWAY and throws the bird over the side UMBRELLA-LESS! This bird was on the Island of Misfit Toys because he couldn't FLY!!!!!! He could SWIM but not FLY!!!
This elf THREW THIS BIRD TO ITS DEATH!!!
Just thought you should know...
edit: I finally fixed this so all those silly boxes aren't in it, guess old posts don't like comma's.