there is a "free books" bin at Iris's school. This little gem was hanging out at the bottom... she snapped it right up.
Why? Is he gay? Because if he is... thats okay! I'm okay with that! In fact... we really need more books that explore same sex relationships- kids just don't get enough exposure to this and it's a shame... education inspires acceptance as far as I'm concerned. Me and some of my good friends would be wicked psyched if gay lifestyles were tolerated in the mainstream. But maybe he's just a lonely bachelor- that could be it too... or maybe he's a friggin String BEAN and we all know string beans are losers.
oh no wait... he's desperate... that's the problem. He's got a lot of guts though to beg Miss Strut to be his wife. I'll give him that- he's pretty bold.
oh crap- he fell in the mud... what a LOSER! HA! Oh well... that's not going to stop him from his mission to wed another vegetable...
a turnip? kale? What IS this snotty Miss Strut besides a pretty judgemental what... collard green? carrot? She's also pretty dramtic if you ask me... and has absolutely no compassion what-so-ever. I mean, if a dirty string bean showed up at MY house with flowers I'd take pity on him... but not Miss Strut- no no no no... she has to be all "OMG! Get OUT of here you Muddy LOSER!"
So String Bean must have absolutely no pride at all... he picks himself off... washes the crud away and goes BACK! Dude- did you ever see that book called He's Just Not That Into You? well... change the title and make it apply to vegetables and the message is very clear: Miss Strut does NOT want to marry your sorry ass. Can't knock a guy for trying though can you?
Insert foot in mouth... look who's the loser now? ME! I didn't think he could do it... I didn't think it would work but lo and behold- Miss Strut is all into him now that he's lookin' fine...like a bottle of wine... So all in all this was a beautiful story. It taught our kids to beg for love, throw dirty people out on the street and then clean up your act and try again because we can only give our love to tidy people. The End.