“What is a Friend”

I received this from a FRIEND and it was so beautiful I just had to post it here.(Author unknown)
 ENJOY

Subject: What is a Friend.....
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Friends.......They love you,
But they're not your lover
They care for you,
But they're not from your family
They're ready to share your pain,
But they're not your blood relation.
They are........FRIENDS! !!!!
A True friend...... .
Scolds like a DAD..
Cares like a MOM..
Teases like a SISTER..
Irritates like a BROTHER..
And finally loves you for YOU..

The nicest place 2 be is in someone's THOUGHTS!
The safest place 2 be is in someone's PRAYERS!
And the best place 2 be is in...........
GODS HANDS!

     

Advance notice for “The Priest & The Peaches” coming this January

Available:
December 18, 2011

Official launch date:
January 1, 2012

Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral. Having no money, discovering the rent and utilities are past due and having the ever intrusive Beatrice Amon determined to get the youngest boys into a "properly supervised environment" leaves them living in a world they were not ready for. They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world". A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

     

Mom Does Reviews review

Mom Does Reviews
November 25, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes review
by Pamela Maynard

Willie Wiggles had a big problem: his feet were so slippery he slipped walking, climbing or just sitting at his desk at school. His mom ordered him special shoes that would stop him from spinning and sliding all over. The morning he was supposed to wear his big, new, ugly shoes, he has the worst day ever. Kids, teachers, dogs, cats, birds and taxi drivers all laughed at his ridiculous shoes so hard the world seemed as if it was going crazy. People were so mean to Willie I almost didn’t want to read any more. Peterson did such a good job conveying empathy, I was actually upset that he had written this funny story. It wasn’t until Willie’s mom woke him up that I understood that the author accomplished his goal. It brought back not-so-fond memories of kids making fun of my braces when I was in sixth grade. I was right there with Willie in the story.

Willie did go to school with his new, somewhat ugly shoes, but no one laughed at him. In fact, kids wanted to know where they could get some just like his. It turns out that Willie learned that being different isn’t so bad after all. No one is the same and we all need to learn to accept each others differences. Peterson did a great job teaching an important lesson for kids of all ages. Slippery Willie is a great book for ages 4 to 10.

My favorite part of the book is when Willie’s mom chased him around the house with a butterfly net so she could catch him to put the ugly shoes on him. What a sight that would have been in my house!

The illustrations were simple but they showed the action of the story very well.

The end of the book has an interactive guide with suggested activities and discussions to reinforce what was learned in the book. This is a great feature for homeschooling parents.

Overall, I give Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Please feel free to share your thoughts about accepting differences at Slippery Willie’s Blog.

About the author:

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

Be sure to visit:

Book web site:
http://www.slipperywillie.com

Larry Peterson Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/larrytpbx

Tribute Books website:
http://www.tribute-books.com

Tribute Books Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176

Tribute Books Twitter:
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Buy links:
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It’s Always Sunnie with Katie review

It's Always Sunnie with Katie
November 21, 2011

"Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes" E-Book Review

by Katie Tanner

I love children's books and finding new children's books that I have not heard of before so when I was given the opportunity to review "Slippery Willie's Stupid Ugly Shoes" I was pretty excited. This book is written by Larry Petereson and this is his debut children's book.

Slippery Willie Synopsis:
Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."

Larry Peterson Bio:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

I read this book to one of the three year old pre-school classes at my child care center. They laughed their heads off when they were hearing about how Willie slipped and slided all over the place. One of the kid's said that they wanted slippery feet so that they didn't have to clean their room. They could slide away from Mom when she asked them to go to their room and clean. I thought that was pretty clever!!
Once Willie starts wearing the shoes, unfortunately everyone starts laughing at him and said they were the "stupidest, ugliest, shoes they had every seen!" This made Willie really sad and he did not want to wear them ANYMORE!! I don't want to give the ending away so you will have to get the book to find out what happens with Willie.

When we were done with the book we talked as a class about how we need to except everyone's differences. We talked about how everyone is different, some have brown hair, some have blonde, some have red. Some have blue eyes, some have green. Some wear glasses and some have braces, but we are all special and unique. Then the kids made a list for the class of how different we all are and they drew a picture of themselves and how they are different. This book teaches that differences are okay and that its okay to except them.

I really like this book because of the GREAT moral that it gives to the kids. If you want to learn more about the book you can check out more information
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Earth Kydz review

Earth Kydz
November 21, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes - Children's Book Review
by Nancy Hammonds

Book Description Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."(Summary provided by Tribute Books)

My Review

I waiting to read this book with my boys, my 9 year old did not like the title he said because it had the words hate & stupid. At first it was funny but towards the middle the boys were not happy with everyones reaction towards the shoes and laughing at Willie. Once we got to the end they were very happy without giving it away, you must read the book to find out the end.


We went over the interactive guide at the end of the book and we had some great conversation, my youngest son suffers from severe multiple food allergies and he feels that he is different special and could relate with Willie. A great lesson learned by Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes. My boys understand that God made us ALL different but special.


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About the Author Larry Peterson


Mrs Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years




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Unorganized Mommy of 3 review

Unorganized Mommy of 3
November 20, 2011

Slippery Willie
by Tonia Miller

Have you ever been afraid to say, do or wear something so much that you had a nightmare about it?

Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the “stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world.”

This book was very cute. My kids laughed every time we came to the phrase of how Willie slips, slides and spins all over because mommy had a hard time saying it – Talk about a tongue twister.

The pictures were great and my kids really enjoyed the story. When we were done reading it, we talked about how something new is not always stupid and ugly and you should not be afraid to try it. In the end, everyone might like it, just like how the kids loved Willie’s new stupid, ugly shoes!

Slipper Willie’s Stupid, Ugly shoes was written by Larry Peterson

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years

You can purchase Slipper Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes HERE.

Prices start at $2.99 for Kindle and up to $16.99 for the hard cover version!

Check out an excerpt of the book HERE

And, Larry is looking for thoughts on accepting differences. Let him know what you think HERE

Other links you can check out:

Book web site:
http://www.slipperywillie.com

Larry Peterson Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/larrytpbx

Tribute Books website:
http://www.tribute-books.com

Tribute Books Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176

Tribute Books Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks

     

Establishing Christian Parenting review

Establishing Christian Parenting
November 19, 2011

Book Review: 'Slippery Willie'
by Debra Ann Elliott

Slippery Willie Synopsis:

Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."

Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.


My Review:


Slippery Willie shares a simple message that we all are different and that's OK because God made us that way. The book has some interesting points, but I felt a little awkward reading it to my seven year old grandson because everyone was making fun of Willie.
I understand the message of the book is to teach children everyone is different, but in my opinion I thought it could have been handled better.
I give Slippery Willie a B-.

Larry Peterson Bio:

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

Buy links:
http://tribute-books.com/shop.html#children8

Excerpt:
http://www.freado.com/read/9129/slippery-willies-stupid-ugly-shoes

Looking for readers to share their thoughts about accepting differences at:
http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com/2011/01/share-your-thoughts-about-accepting.html

     

Adventures of Frugal Mom review

Adventures of Frugal Mom
November 18, 2011

Book Blog Tour Stop for Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Melissa Vera

Do you have a child who suffers with self-esteem issues? Or maybe you have a child who may be by no fault of their own has a disability?? Or do they have a friend who may be different?? Then do I have an excellent resource for you. There is a book called Slippery Willie's Stupid Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson. This book will help to explain that being different can be a cool thing.
Basically in this cute story, Willie, the main character, has a problem. He has slippery feet. They are so slippery that for him to be able to walk without falling he must wear special shoes. Willie does not want to wear the special shoes because he is afraid he will be made fun of by the kids at school. He thinks that because his shoes are different from everyone else's that he will be the cause of a laughing spree. He has a dream about what occurs at school when he wears his shoes. He is so scared when he wakes up that he refuses to wear his shoes but his mom makes him.

Will Willie wear his shoes? Will bad things happen to him? Will he be laughed at because of his shoes ? To find out the answers to all the above questions check out Slippery Willie's Stupid Ugly Shoes. Your children will discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

This book would be an excellent birthday or Christmas present not only for a child, but being a teacher myself, this would be an excellent resource to use in the classroom. So make sure that you get one for every teacher on your list as well.

     

“I LOVE Thanksgiving—-

I'm a holiday kind of guy. I love the Christmas season with its "peace-on-earth" and '"joy-to-the-world" messages and Santa Claus, and elves and Christmas lights and all that comes with the excitement leading up to Christmas Day. Most of all, I love the "reason for the season"---acknowledging the birth of Christ.

I also am fully aware of the pressure and stress Christmastime can bring to so many; the homeless, the unemployed, those with serious illness, and especially the parents with no money who desperately want Santa to visit their house on Christmas Eve. Let's face it, kids are kids and Santa is Santa; to them the "real world" has no place in their little, anxious hearts. The stress this can cause for a mommy and daddy who might be struggling just to make rent can sometimes be overwhelming. Single parents have a double whammy. They are missing a spouse to vent with. This I shall address in a week or so. But, for now, it is Thanksgiving week.

I LOVE Thanksgiving. To me it IS the best day of the year. Why? Because it is the one day of the year when we pause and simply give thanks for all that we have even if it is just a little. A job, good health, a cancer in remission, connecting with a long lost relative, the birth of a child, so many things that we can be thankful for. People from every economic situation can have a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Homeless shelters and soup kitchens and prisons serve turkey. Folks who have little money are able to receive turkey baskets from various charitable organizations so they can have a turkey dinner at home with their families. No-one in America needs to go hungry on Thanksgiving Day. You do not need to purchase gifts. All you have to do is show up, hang out, eat and enjoy the uplifted spirit of family and friends that are with you, even if they are strangers in a soup kitchen. It is a beautiful thing.

"If the only prayer you said in your WHOLE LIFE was,"THANK YOU", that would suffice."
Meister Eckhart 1260-1327, Theologian and Philosopher

     

Love2EncourageYou review

Love2EncourageYou
November 17, 2011

ebook Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes

by Rebecca Harmon

eBook Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes

When I was growing up, I had a back brace that I had to wear all day long for corrective measures on my spine because I had Scoliosis. I also had a close friend of the family who had to wear braces on her legs for many long years before she was finally able to walk on her own. Due to these very memorable moments in my personal history, I really appreciated the message behind the book in today's eBook Review titled: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes. The author, Larry Peterson, did an amazing job bringing fun, laughter, and a solid message of encouragement to children everywhere about a subject; that for many, can be rather painful and embarrassing if not put in the right perspective.

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is a delightful read! When sharing this book during storytime or circle time, your children, grandchildren and students in school will be eagerly listening for what happens next. This book is worth getting for that special child in your life that needs to be reminded that being a little different is completely ok. It can help them accept their current circumstances and battle those feelings of doubt by turning it into a positive and encouraging experience. Most of the time, our fears get the best of us and we find out we are accepted and loved by our peers for just being ourselves.

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes has a neat section at the end of the story that offers suggested activites to apply this story in the classroom learning environment. It also gives some discussion questions to go over with your children. After having my four year old daughter snuggle up with me on my lap and read this story together, she had some very interesting comments. She thought it might be fun to have slippery feet that slide around all the time, but then get to wear special shoes that help you walk the right way. She was glad it was just a dream when all the kids and people were laughing at Willie. She shared that she wouldn't have laughed at the boy, but would be his friend and tell him, "Wow, what cool shoes!" This would help him feel better she said. My daughter loved the story so much and asked, "When can we read another book like that again?" She then ran over to her toybox and picked up her monkey puppet and had it clap its hands. Then the monkey puppet started cheering and said, "Wow, what a great story! I love it! Let's read another one."

Awe...I just love a good story! Many thanks to author, Larry Peterson, for helping us have a fun mommy and daughter time. We truly enjoyed reading your book. My daughter asks if you can write another story soon, but this time about a princess! 🙂 Special thanks to the illustrator as well. The colorful cartoon pictures were the perfect addition to help my daughter grasp what was happening in the story. The artwork captured the silliness of the dream so well and made her giggle on several parts of the book. Be sure to visit the book website for Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes to learn more about this great children's book. It makes a cute gift for the holidays. I encourage you to pick up a copy for your child or classroom today.

The author and publisher are looking for readers to share their thoughts about accepting differences at:
http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com/2011/01/share-your-thoughts-about-accepting.html

Once again, my deepest thanks to Nicole at Tribute Books for bringing us another terrific family story that I had fun reading with my daughter and sharing with my readers here on the blog. Please visit Tribute Books website and check out some of the other wonderful books and authors that have teamed up with Tribute Books already. Become a fan of Tribute Books on Facebook. You can follow @Tributebooks on Twitter too!

     

Living Life: Hannah Style! review

Living Life: Hannah Style!
November 15, 2011

Book Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
by Hannah Adkins


Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."
Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.
Review
I really loved this book. Even though it's a children's book, it has a really great story that everyone can learn from. We've all felt self conscious at some point in our life or another, just like Slippery Willie. This book addresses that and accepting the differences in people, in a way that kids will love!
I loved all of the adorable little illustrations. Kids will love reading this book, and may even enjoy a little dose from their parents at story time. You and your kids alike are sure to fall for Slippery Willie's silliness.
😉
I also like that they have discussion questions in the back of the book so that you can talk to your children about the topics in this book. I think that this book would be great to use if you are a school teacher as well, thanks to the great discussion questions and valuable lessons found in this book.
Whatever your age, wherever you're from, you're sure to love and learn from this book, just as much as I did.

Here's a bit of info about the author, Larry Peterson.


Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.


     

Reviews She Rote review

Reviews She Rote
November 14, 2011

Book Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Pamela Rote

I was able to read this with my children-and we enjoyed it very much.

Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world, but then he learns a great lesson that although you may be different some times things aren't as bad as you think they may be. Willie learned a valuable lesson and I really think the author Larry Peterson did a wonderful job with this story. It will be a treasured story because it is funny and is a great message for children everyone.

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. "Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes" is his first children's book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

     

Curly Girl Braids & More review

Curly Girl Braids & More
November 14, 2011

"Slippery Willie" children's book review
by Brittany Vandewalker

I was given a link to review this book online. I read this book to my daughter, Brea. She is having a little trouble with worrying about what everyone else thinks and not what she really thinks. Like she will say I have to have this because all the kids in my class are getting it. This is a great book and it has taught Brea not to worry about things because a lot of times people wont even notice if you have something different. We love this children's book. I am including a link to purchase the book and a photo of the author and some other links to the book too.

Slippery Willie Synopsis:
Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."

Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

Larry Peterson Bio:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

Book web site:
http://www.slipperywillie.com
Larry Peterson Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/larrytpbx
Tribute Books Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176

     

Blog by Donna review

Blog by Donna
November 14, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes can teach us all a life lesson
by Donna Chaffins


I recently received a PDF copy of "Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes" by Larry Peterson, to review. What a treat! My son will be nine in less than two weeks and could easily reat "Sliippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes" by himself, but my husband or I read to him for approximately 20 minutes every day, so I read this book aloud to him.

I emailed it to myself and uploaded it to my iPad, so I could easily read it to him, and show him the pictures as we sat on his bed.

Synopsis

Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."

I don't want to give away too much about this book... but I will share with you what my son and I took away from it. I asked my son one of the suggested questions at the end of the book -- "Would you stick up for someone that was being laughed at, or would you laugh along with everyone else?" He was very honest, and said that if the shoes were really stupid and ugly he might not be able to help himself, but that he would tell Willie that it's okay, and he should learn to laugh at himself. He did say that if someone was being laughed at or picked on, he would stand up for that person, though. Especially if others were doing it to just be mean.

I was reminded that we stress way too much over what others may think, when there really isn't anything to worry about in the first place. As women, we worry that what we wear or look like may seem stupid or ugly, when truth be told, other people just don't care. They're probably too worried that we are thinking something they are wearing is stupid or ugly. And that's the truth. We know that what is on the outside is incidental... it truly is what's on the inside.

No matter what we look like on the outside, we are all much more alike on the inside than we are different. I want my son to embrace the outward differences -- his uniqueness. And for him to understand how alike we all are. He said it best, "Mommy, we all want to be loved, we all hurt when people are mean to us, and laughing with someone is much better than laughing at someone." Out of the mouth of babes.

I highly recommend this book. It's short, sweet, and filled with a lesson for all ages.

About Larry Peterson:

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer,, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. "Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children's book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, FL, for the past 28 years. You can connect with him on Facebook.

You can purchase Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes at tribute books.

Share your thoughts on accepting differences? Visit the SlipperyWillie website.

     

Concert Katie review

Concert Katie
November 13, 2011

Book Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Katie Wanta

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes tells the story of Willie Wiggles, a boy who has the most slippery feet there ever was. Usually he slips and slides all over the place, but his Mom got him some special shoes. These shoes are the stupidest and ugliest things Willie has ever seen, and he doesn’t want to wear them to school.

When he gets to school, everyone is laughing so hard at him they fall over! On his walk home from school because he was so upset, cars start crashing at the site of his shoes because they can’t stop laughing!

It turns out that Willie was so upset over his shoes, he had a bad dream about them! When he actually wears them to school, everyone loves them and wants their own pair!

Being disabled and having worn leg braces to school during various times during school, I can definitely relate to Willie and being paranoid that everyone will laugh at me. Although, usually no one even noticed them.

At the end of the book there is an interactive guide with actions you can do that relate back to the book like wearing something you think is ugly to see what your classmates reactions are or volunteering with kids that are “different” (I’ll clue you in – they’re really not!)

There are also some discussion questions as well that you can discuss with your child after having read the book.

Book web site:
http://www.slipperywillie.com

Larry Peterson Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/larrytpbx

Tribute Books website:
http://www.tribute-books.com

Tribute Books Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176

Tribute Books Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks

Buy links:
http://tribute-books.com/shop.html#children8

Excerpt:
http://www.freado.com/read/9129/slippery-willies-stupid-ugly-shoes

Looking for readers to share their thoughts about accepting differences at:
http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com/2011/01/share-your-thoughts-about-accepting.html

About the Author

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

     

“Hooray for Kelly Ripa and All You Women Who Agree With Her”

Television hostess, Kelly Ripa, of "Live with Regis and Kelly", when asked for her thoughts about women picking up the tab after a dinner date said, "I'm sure a lady doesn't want to pick it up. But because she thinks chivalry is dead already, maybe the guy should impress her and pick up the check. And maybe pull out her chair, too." She added, "Any feminist who disagrees with me, I am sorry, but it's gone ridiculous now. We give birth; you pick up the check." Ripa also said that she tells her husband, "Raise your sons to pick up a check for a lady."


Within a few hours the women's website, Jezabel, slammed Ripa for her "antiquated social extremism". WHAT? Are you kidding me? The writer was outraged, "A woman can buy a man's meal any damn time she wants to---Ladies DO want to pay. Yours truly wants to pay, likes to pay, plans on paying etc, etc."

So where do these diverse views from women leave us men in these modern times? How are we supposed to know what will happen to us if we have the temerity to hold a door open for a woman or offer her a seat on a bus or maybe offer to help her with her overflowing grocery cart while she is trying to lift her toddler out of its seat? Are we going to be thanked or cursed? Are we going to be accused of being one of those defiled
 "male chauvinists"? (FYI ladies: there are actually very few true "male chauvinists". But it is sure a handy stereotype). We men do not know what to expect anymore. As for me, I DO NOT like it.

I come from a world where a boy was taught to do these things. I can remember men walking down the street and tipping their hats to ladies as they passed by. It was a sign of respect and the ladies ALWAYS nodded and smiled. We men view women as needing to be "looked out for", protected, as wanting a strong shoulder readily available to "cry on". It is our nature. We are somehow genetically programmed to want to take care of you.  It has nothing to do with mental acuity. In the IQ world many women are smarter than men. Women today are doctors, lawyers, politicians, successful entrepreneurs, accountants, IT experts, etc. Surprise ladies, men respect that. Most men also believe that women should get equal pay for doing similar jobs. But men DO NOT believe that women should become like men and strip us of who and what we were meant to be and mask it under the guise of equality. There are women out there who actually have this twisted notion that fathers are unnecessary. Just go to a sperm bank---who needs a stupid man. WHATEVER. If I were to pull your chair out at a restaurant it would be out of respect not because I would think I was better than you or was trying to control you or dominate you. I find it hard to believe that I  am actually explaining this but this is where our minds have gone.

Lord knows, I NEVER wanted to give birth to any of my children. But I sure loved being there to take care of and protect my wife and to hold my kids and feed them and even change their dirty diapers. I loved watching them grow, playing Santa and wrestling with my boys and teaching them how to throw a ball. The fact is, there are millions of men who feel the same as I do. Consequently, we deserve the same respect that you expect from us. "Hooray For Kelly Ripa" and all you women who agree with her.

     

Silkki’s Reviews

Silkki's Reviews
November 11, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Sally Payette

Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."

Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

MY REVIEW:
I was thrilled to receive this book to review. I love reading to my four children and this story definitely shares a lesson with children that although you may be different some times things aren't as bad as you think they may be. Willie is one of those children who has an issue that he can not control, the doctors can't find a way to stop the problem so his wonderful mother buys him special shoes to fix it her own way. They are custom made and work like a charm. Unfortunately, like most young children with a problem, Willie is afraid of what children at school will say, it even haunts his sleep, he wakes up only to discover that it was all a bad dream and when he gets to school the next day he sees that he was wrong about the other kids in school. They love his shoes and everyone wants some. Although the story is wonderful in meaning I do not like the words it uses "ugly, stupid & hate" are all words that we do not use in my house so I have to improvise when reading it to my children. Most people may not have that same issue and their children will love the story as is. I love the story, just with a little bit of tweaking. Willie learned a valuable lesson and I really think the author Larry Peterson did a wonderful job with this story. It will be a treasured story because it has a lot of good humor and a great message for children.
Larry Peterson Bio:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

We give this story 10 out of 12 thumbs up.

     

Everyday Ramblings of My Life review

Everyday Ramblings of My Life
November 10, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes (ebook review) - A MUST Read!
by Tara Funair

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes was a perfect book to read to my boys.
They are so concerned with how others see them. Whether their friends, classmates, and family will accept their clothes, or quirks, and old/new toys.. It's ridiculous!
My boys will lose sleep, make themselves ill, and have little panic attacks over these silly little things.
I loved reading this book to them. I even asked hubby to sit with us when I read it because he is the exact same way.
My 5 year old did not like it when everyone laughed, because he doesn't like to be laughed at.
Our children are so wrapped up into what others think of them or their possessions, even their family, that they forget to be children. It's important to teach our children that it's okay to be different, that it's sometimes a good thing. We also much teach them to respect and tolerate others who are different.
The author of this book lives (locally) in my area, which I thought was cool! AND it's his first book. Even better!

Slippery Willie Synopsis:Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world." Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

Larry Peterson Bio:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years. Facebook

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Sweet ‘n Treats review

Sweet 'n Treats
November 10, 2011

(Review) Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
by Bonnie Sweeten

I had the opportunity to review a children’s book, Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson. It is an easy read for school-aged children where they can relate to the message. Peterson depicts an excellent message that is it okay to be different than everyone else and sometimes your own fear is the biggest hurdle. Many children face bullying in school by their peers and this story gives children courage to be themselves.

I wanted to read this to my daughter but it is a little too mature for her age right now but I would love to purchase the book for her to have when she is older to read and understand the message of accepting differences. Everyone is not the same and you should not put a person down or make fun of them because they are not like you.

{Slippery Willie Synopsis} Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the “stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world.”

Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

{About the Author} Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. “Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes” is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 30 years.

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Oh the Joys of Boys review

Oh the Joys of Boys
November 10, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes - children's book review
by Jess Berry



Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."

Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.


My take on the book:
I always read books before sharing them with my kids, just to be on the safe side. I chose not to share this book with Spank, but when my neighbors were over the other day I asked her read it and see if she would to share it with her children to read, who are older. She did, and they liked it! They are ages 6-10 and they liked that the kids in Willie's class were nice and didn't make fun of him for being different. The pictures were great, this book would definitely be a big hit with many boys!
Why didn't I choose to share with my 3 year old? We have been working on not saying two very forbidden words in this house and this book contained them. I guess I should have known from the title, if it were a one time word I would have been alright with it. It wasn't though, and I didn't think it at this time it would be age appropriate. When he gets a little older and out of this phase, I would read it to him, or let him read it himself. The storyline is wonderful, especially because so many children battle with fitting in, and this would be a wonderful key to help them build their self esteem.

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About the Author:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

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TwinkieMommie Review

TwinkieMommie
November 10, 2011

Book Review: Willie's Slippery Feet
by Laurie Danas

I had the opportunity to review a wonderful new children’s book called Slippery Wille’s Stupid Ugly Shoes. The story is very inspirational. It touches on the delicate issue of being different; and how it is okay if you are different. It is a truly sweet and funny story.

The story:
Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."
Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The story and illustrations were quite enjoyable. I would recommend this book for children, parents and teachers.

About the Author Larry Peterson:

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.


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Bay Area Mommy review

Bay Area Mommy
November 9, 2011

Book Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Alice

cover 195x300 Book Review: Slippery Willies Stupid Ugly ShoesI had an opportunity to review this wonderful book by Larry Peterson.Entitled “Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes“, this book tells about the story of Willie who had feet so slippery that his shoes and socks would slip off his feet even while he’s seated. Doctors were unable to find out why his feet were so slippery so as a solution to his problem, special shoes were made for him.

Willie hated these shoes because he felt they were ugly. Unfortunately, he had no choice but to wear them to school and when he did, everyone laughed at him, his classmates, his teacher, the principal, the school building, the birds, the passengers on an airplane, drivers on the street and even his mom. He felt so embarrassed that he begged his mom to take the locks off the shoes so he can stop wearing them. His mom said she can’t because she lost the keys. Eventually, Willie realized he was just dreaming and when he did wear the shoes, they even elicited praises from those who saw them.

MY REVIEW:

I really appreciate the intent of Larry peterson in this book. I remember when I was child, I would imagine being embarrassed in front of people when in the first place, there isn’t really anything to worry about. I remember being embarrassed that my mom would cook and make me bring my lunch to school. I was embarrassed that she would make me a sandwich instead of just letting me buy junk food in the school cafeteria. As a child, I had a lot of fears and apprehensions that were unreasonable.

And this book captures just that, how a child’s imagination can affect the way they relate with others. This book makes the reader realize that sometimes we just need to understand that different people have different situations, different preferences, different ideas. And just because others are different doesn’t mean that it gives us license to make fun of them or maybe even hate them. We have to understand that God has created us to be unique and we need to accept and love our uniqueness.

I also love how the book ends with an interactive part where questions are asked for the reader to think about. It doesn’t stop at just telling a story. It goes further to engage the reader and encourage him/her to apply what he/she learned based on Willie’s story.

This book is an excellent read for a child and the child-at-heart. No matter what situation they find themselves in life, it is always good to be reminded to respect yourself and respect others.
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Savvy Saving Couple review

Savvy Saving Couple
November 8, 2011

My Review of Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
by Amy Desrosiers

I have had the pleasure of reading, and reviewing Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson. While I did enjoy the concept of the book I do not think I would read it to my child because I am not a fan of the language. In our household we do not promote the words Stupid, Ugly, or Hate. I was very saddened that the author chose these words to describe Willie’s shoes. I think a better choice would have been to use the words silly, and dislike.

Although I was not a fan of the language I did like the underlying theme that we are all different, and should accept each other’s differences. Sometimes we are so self-conscious about our own personal appearance that we let it fool us into thinking we are strange, or will be made fun of. I was relieved that Willie had been dreaming about his new shoes experience, because as a former teacher I could not have ever imagined a child being ridiculed by a teacher, or principal.

I really loved the ending of the story when Willie was reassured by his mother that his shoes were not “stupid, or ugly”. I think the children at school reacted with great innocence. They too wanted a pair of his neat slip proof shoes. I have observed many self-conscious kids in my time teaching, and I think that a lot of children are so innocent that they do not always realize another child’s handicapped device. With the exception of a few choice words I really enjoyed this story, and believe it conveys a great message to all who read it.

If you would like to learn more about the book “Slippery Willie’s , Stupid, Ugly Shoes” by Larry Peterson, you can read an excerpt of the book HERE.

     

Keeping Your Cents review

Keeping Your Cents
November 7, 2011

Book Review - Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Mardesia Chauvin

Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."


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Most people will be able to relate to the message in Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson.

For most of my adult life I would say that I have worn my hair in a socially acceptable way. Recently I decided to make a change to something a little more natural that my husband really liked. My hair was finished, I rode home and then the doubt set in. Looking in the mirror I felt like I had the stupidest, ugliest hair in the whole world.



I work at an elementary school and the children can at times be merciless with the teasing. Was I setting myself up for being teased?


So the next morning, instead of being confident in my choice I made the decision to wear a scarf. Every day for a week I wore a different scarf to match my outfits. Finally my husband questioned me as to why I was hiding my cute hair under scarves.


It took his questions and reassurances to make me take off the scarves and go to work with my new hairdo. The funny thing was nobody was laughing and pointing. Everywhere I went the kids told me how cool my hair was and how much they liked the style.


A week spent worrying myself to death for nothing!

In Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes, discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

     

A Thrifty Diva/Surviving Mommyhood review

A Thrifty Diva/Surviving Mommyhood
November 6, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes (review)

by Michelle Cantu

Synopsis:

Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the “stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world.”

Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

This is a must read for every school aged kid. My ten and two year old both enjoyed the story of Willie. We can all relate to the idea of being made fun of. As a parent we teach our children to be comfortable being themselves. It was nice to have them read a story that they can relate to, interact with and enjoy.

I love the questions at the end of the book. A very nice surprise that even my ten year old was excited to take part in.

A great story I was happy to read with my children.

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365 Changes of Me review

365 Changes of Me
November 6, 2011

Slippery Willie's
by Erin

Have you ever read a book that you wished you had read as a child? “Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes” is that book for me. I loved this book!

This book starts off with a dedication for those of us who are “different” and I love it, because I know this book is going to touch a child who feels like they don’t fit in anywhere in the world. Maybe they are in a wheelchair, or use crutches to walk, or have leg braces, or a scar, whatever it is Willie is going to be their buddy!!

You start out by being introduced to Willie Wiggins, who has super slippery feet. He slips and slides so much he can’t do normal things like ride a bike or climb a tree! He can’t even walk because he’s slipping and slidding around! You realize that Willie is different, and he hates it (who doesn’t when they are different) but what he hates even more is his new shoes which are supposed to help him not slip and slide!

Just like any child who has to wear something to school they are embarrassed about Willie doesn’t want to wear his new shoes to school, it has a pretty funny story I know most mom’s can relate too! I think we all feel like that sometimes, when we are dealing with children!

Of course, like all mom’s Willie’s gets his shoes on and sends him off to school! His day goes from bad to worse as everyone seems to only notice his shoes!

If you’ve ever been that “different” child you can relate to this! You can relate to thinking everyone is laughing at you!

I do not want to give away too much of the story because I’d like you to read it, but just know in the end Willie will be just fine!

I loved this story! I wish Willie had been around when I was a child! I know that reading this story is going to help a child overcome their disability or difference, it’s going to give them the confidence to go through life knowing they might not be like everyone else but everything is going to be okay!

This is a great story for parents with children who are disabled, it will open the door for their child to talk about their Willie experiences! It will also help children who know someone with a disability be more compassionate to their feelings! This is just an all around great book for children! I will be recommending it to everyone I know!

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Coupon Crazed Freebie Fanatics review

Coupon Crazed Freebie Fanatics
November 5, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes - review

by Amber Holt

This book was reviewed by my 12 y/o and 9 y/o daughters and my 9 y/o son. They felt that the beginning was a little repetitive, and that the plot was a "little weird". They all three seemed to think that the shoes were way too weird, in that even if he had super slippery feet, that the shoes would not look like giant robot shoes.

In my opinion, I thought that the read had great intentions. The overall theory of the book is a great idea. We were all kids once, and we all at one time, were probably made fun of because we were different, so this book has a great idea behind it. However I do have to agree with my children, when they say that it seems a little repetitive in the beginning. Overall a good read though.

Book web site:
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Just Mom Things review

Just Mom Things
November 5, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes - Book Review
by Jenalin Cahigas

In today’s society, it is far from easy to be different from ‘normal’. This holds true especially in school children.

We often hear about children being teased, made fun of, and perhaps bullied because they are different from the rest of their peers.

This book is a nice reminder that sometimes when we focus on our own difference we become our worst critics.

In the story, Willie has a strange disability that doesn’t allow him to walk like other kids. Willie has very slippery feet. He slips and slides all over the place that he has to wear special shoes with a lock so he cannot take them off. Willie thinks that his shoes “are stupid and ugly” and he is convinced that his peers will laugh at him.

Although Willie’s mother tries to convince him that his shoes will be great and help him with his slippery feet, He still worried about what his classmates will think. He even had a dream about it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I’m sure kids will also enjoy the silly events that happen throughout. In addition to the enjoyable illustrations which younger children will love, I also have to note that the interactive activities at the end make for a great discussion with children. This book makes a great gift for any children of any age or parents with young children.

About the author

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

Book web site:
http://www.slipperywillie.com
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Holyjeans & My Favorite Things review

Holyjeans & My Favorite Things review
November 5, 2011

Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes

by Amy Ditmore

As a mom of 4, I have heard so many things that kids worry about that us as adults wouldn't think twice about. From not wearing short because they have chicken legs ( a problem I wish I had 🙂 ), or their legs are too white, or too dark and chunky...( I have one child with each lol) and now my 11 year old is beginning to have those "dreaded pimples". He came home the other day and ran to the mirror, and to his surprise the blemish on his nose was "much huger that what I thought it was. Everybody saw it Mom!" In reality it wasn't that "much huger" it was just his imagination. It's funny sometimes to hear how the smallest things affect them, and how they worry about what people will say. This is what happened to the little Willie in Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes.
Slippery Willie earned his name from being the "slipperiest" kid ever! He slipped and slid all over the place, across floors, up, down, and around the walls, EVERYWHERE. In order to keep him safe from all the slip-sliding he was doing, he had to wear these special shoes made for him to keep him from slipping so much. Willie hated these shoes, and he told his mother they were "stupid and ugly". He was so fearful that everyone would make fun of him, so worried that it was, in fact, affecting his sleep. As the story goes on, Slippery Willie learns that sometimes we stress ourselves way too much about something that really isn't as big a deal as we think.
Larry Peterson does a wonderful job with this book, making it pretty relevant to a conversation I would have with one of my kids about a concern they have. It's targeted towards ages 5 or so to around 10 or 11 I would say. My boys are 10, 11, and 13 and all 3 of them thought it was a neat story. They asked me why Slippery Willie's shoes looked so much bigger and uglier in the beginning, and in the end they didn't look like that..... I explained that it may have been portraying how Willie viewed the shoes in his mind, compared to what they really looked like. "Ooooh......" they said.
This book is enjoyable and easy for young readers, as well as reading to your littler ones. It's definitely lesson rich and I would recommend it to parents, grandparents, as well as teachers. In the back of the book is a section with some activities for the older kids to try. They're aimed at teaching them empathy. There are also questions regarding how they accept difference. You'd be surprised at the answers you may get.
Even my little girl who is just 14 months liked this book. (She's not as nice as the boys were though, because she DID laugh at Slippery Willie's Stupid Ugly Shoes..... )
You can preview "Slippery Willie's Stupid Ugly Shoes", and you can also purchase this book in different forms, including for the Kindle for just $2.99. If you have a story to share about how you teach your children to accept peoples' differences, or even how you yourself deal with them, Mr. Peterson would love for you to share with him and his readers.

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

     

Jumbo Feeney: “I’m Giving the Kid a Cupcake”

I got a call from my childhood buddy, Jumbo Feeney, the other day and I knew what to expect as I answered the phone; Jumbo was already in mid-sentence. "Know what I mean, Petie? (he calls me Petie) What's wrong with a cupcake? Show me a kid who don't like a cupcake. Know what I mean? Gimme a break, who do they think they are anyway?---"

I almost shouted, "Whoa, Jumbo, slow down. What are you talking about?"

"You're not paying attention, Petie. I said, no cupcakes allowed. That's what I'm talking about.  C'mon now, pay attention."

"Jumbo---STOP. Just stop. You always do this. Please start from the beginning."

Look, I love the guy. We have been close friends since grade school back in the Bronx during an era when you could leave your doors unlocked. But, when Jumbo was hyper, he would always start his conversations  before dialing the phone. "Okay Petie, okay. My grandson, Mikey---ya know, he's four, well, he stayed over last night and I brought him to his day-care place this morning. You won't believe this."

"Won't believe what?"

"You gonna let me talk or what?"

Smiling I said, "Sorry, Jumbo. Go ahead."

"So I packed the kid's lunch and put a cupcake in the bag. When I get there they check inside the kid's lunch bag and tell me that  cupcakes are not allowed. I mean this girl, who looked like she shoulda been waving pom-poms at a high school football game, is telling me, ME, the kid's grandfather, I can't give the kid a cupcake. Yeah, they only serve organic, hormone free stuff, like free-range eggs. What in God's name are free-range eggs. They only serve organic milk. Snacks are celery or carrot sticks---"

"Yeah, but that's the way it is nowadays."

"What's wrong with you Petie? Don't you get it? It's the principle of the thing. I love Mikey to death. What---they think they know best? C'mon man, we ate cupcakes and drank soda and ate salami and we ain't dead yet, are we?"

"But Jumbo---"

"Look Petie, free-range eggs and organic dairy stuff and hormone free whatevers are healthier than cupcakes, okay. I know that. But it is not their job to tell me what I can and cannot feed my grandson. The only ones who can tell me that are his parents. These people want to give me the information about this health food stuff, great. Gimme a print-out. Then we can figure out."

"Yeah, Jumbo, sure--but---"

"But nothing, Petie. But nothing. These young parents of today are being stripped of their parental  rights and they don't even see it happening. And it is all being done under the virtuous umbrella of 'what's best for the child'. The parents know what's best for the kids. Not some kid,  fresh out of day-care school, who probably still has her mommy washing her clothes. And as far as this grandparent goes if my grandson wants a cupcake when he sees me, which is only about twice a month anyway, I'm giving the kid a cupcake. Gotta go." click

Good old Jumbo. Gotta love the guy.