Brevity by Dan Thompson

Brevity

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  1. Dogsniff

    Dogsniff said, almost 2 years ago

    Mind if I sniff those socks before you wash ’em? (I have no idea what the giving tree is)

  2. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Ha, Dogsniff…. my turn.
    It’s a very sentimental children’s book by Shel Silverstein…

    One with an ending I’m not crazy about….

    So the father either found it very moving and inspirational, as most do….
    or tragically sad, as I do.

  3. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    BTW I didn’t know you were an indiscriminate sock sniffer….


    What if they’re the kid’s.. or his?

  4. celecca

    celecca GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @SusanSunshine

    thank you … I never liked the ending, but thought I was the only one.

  5. Ratbrat

    Ratbrat said, almost 2 years ago

    It’s a Christmas tree dammit!

  6. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Cue Peter Gabriel

  7. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDMNCCQwRao

  8. Bailey

    Bailey said, almost 2 years ago

    @celecca

    I’m with both of you… and I really enjoy much of Silverstein’s other work. This one really shook me up.

  9. tinachambers

    tinachambers said, almost 2 years ago

    As Timothy P. Jackson, a former professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University put it:

    Is this a sad tale? Well, it is sad in the same way that life is depressing. We are all needy, and, if we are lucky and any good, we grow old using others and getting used up. Tears fall in our lives like leaves from a tree. Our finitude is not something to be regretted or despised, however; it is what makes giving (and receiving) possible. The more you blame the boy, the more you have to fault human existence. The more you blame the tree, the more you have to fault the very idea of parenting. Should the tree’s giving be contingent on the boy’s gratitude? If it were, if fathers and mothers waited on reciprocity before caring for their young, then we would all be doomed.

  10. missjunebug

    missjunebug said, almost 2 years ago

    @tinachambers

    Thank you for sharing this

  11. underwriter

    underwriter said, almost 2 years ago

    @tinachambers

    This is certainly the best antidote I’ve ever seen to the ending of The Giving Tree, which I also have always hated. But I still am uncomfortable about giving this book to kids. Darned few adults are mature enough to see this in proportion as Jackson does. I just don’t think kids can deal with this.

  12. msowards

    msowards said, almost 2 years ago

    @underwriter

    In the Same vain… The Life of PI is a great movie, but don’t take the kids. I was expecting an up-lifting story, but the twist just before the end threw me for a loss; I was torn for the rest of the day reconciling fantasy from real life. Then I remembered the actual end and I realized the message was ‘Life is what you make of it’. This may be a bit much for the younger crowd.

  13. Number Six

    Number Six said, almost 2 years ago

    Personally I think it’s a lovely story.

    The tree serves a purpose to the end and is never forgotten.

  14. Bailey

    Bailey said, almost 2 years ago

    @tinachambers

    “…The more you blame the tree, the more you have to fault the very idea of parenting. Should the tree’s giving be contingent on the boy’s gratitude? If it were, if fathers and mothers waited on reciprocity before caring for their young, then we would all be doomed.?”

    -
    Who the frig’ blames the TREE? Hmmmm?
    Who? You?

  15. Bailey

    Bailey said, almost 2 years ago

    @Number Six

    Sorry, Number Six but I disagree. It isn’t a “lovely story”… it’s a disappointing, horror story.
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    The tree gave, and gave, and gave… and the boy may very well not remember those gifts.

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