YoungerDaughter is distraught.
Animals all over the world are being edged out, gotten rid of, and shuttled aside… in favor of….. penguins.
2011 must be the “Year of the Penguin” in someone’s calendar, she says. Because they are everywhere. And other animals, baby animals, are getting the boot in their favor.
YoungerDaughter is speaking, of course, about her coloring book that she just bought.
Which is cram-packed, full of penguins.
Which are amazingly diverse in their coloring, as everyone knows.
Black, white, more black, maybe a splash of….. wait for it…… yellow!
YoungerDaughter invested in this coloring book, spending her own money, a whole dollar, in the hopes of having hours of imaginative coloring fun, with some adorable baby bunnies, puppies, and kittens. Puppies and kittens being depicted on the cover of said book.
Instead, what she got was 46 pages of coloring-ready pages, only 12 of which contain animals that are not black and white flightless birds from the Antarctic.
34 pages of penguins.
She is heartbroken.
Needless to say, she does not have enough black crayons to color in all these other pages of this book. Nor does she wish to use up the singular white crayon she has, on these majestic birds of the Southern polar region. So… they will be depicted in all the other colors of the rainbow, as they would be seen through a prism, or in a “My Pretty Penguin” cartoon. Maybe they’ll get names, like the Carebears, or the Smurfs, and have a whole village to themselves in the snowy Antarctic wastes… dancing and singing in their multi-colored way.
Oh, and I’m supposed to tell you all? That even though there was a kitten on the front cover of the coloring book? There are NO kittens inside the coloring book – at all.
It is the Great Coloring Book Debacle of 2011. And YoungerDaughter is pissed.