Birthday presents

Among the presents for my birthday (on the 6th): a penguin, a spelling Owl, an Archie comic, and a rainbow cake. (At least one more to come, in a future posting.)

The blue penguin. This drawing, on a birthday card made by my grand-daughter Opal — to me as a penguin person:


Opal explained, somewhat mournfully, that she had no black pen and had to use blue instead. But, I said, this is the rare Blue Penguin, a wonderful creature, and expanded somewhat on the marvels of the bird, which cheered Opal.

Owl’s birthday card. From Chris Ambidge to me as a Word Person (his caps), this Ernest Shepard drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend Owl, struggling to write a birthday card for Eeyore:


Along with the text from A. A. Milne, the conclusion of which is:

So Owl wrote . . . and this is what he wrote:


Pooh looked on admiringly.

“I’m just saying ‘A Happy Birthday’,” said Owl carelessly.

“It’s a nice long one,” said Pooh, very much impressed by it.

“Well, ACTUALLY, of course, I’m saying ‘A Very Happy Birthday with love from Pooh.’ Naturally it takes a good deal of pencil to say a long thing like that.”

“Oh, I see,” said Pooh.

Archie’s birthday. From Don Steiny to me as a comics/cartoon person, this Archie:


Rainbow cake. From Peter Lasersohn, to me as a gay man, a shot of a rainbow birthday cake. Unfortunately, it came from a site that won’t let you do anything with the image unless you download their app, so I turned to the web for other, more available, images. It turns out there are huge numbers of these, mostly pitched at young girls, but a few for lgbt folk. Here’s one for a girl, but pleasing to me as well:


Still to come: a rose garden of sorts, to me as a plant person.

2 Responses to “Birthday presents”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    My irrepressible Proofreader’s Eye requires me to point out that the Winnie-thePooh artist’s surname is Shepard. His ancestors may have herded sheep, but he did not.

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