H.R. Pufnstuf

A Young Girl’s Crush

H.R. Pufnstuf  

(Jack Wild)

 A few weeks ago as I was cursing down the movie aisle at my local Target I stopped dead in my tracks. I could not believe my eyes or my heart. There it was on the bottom shelve a memory long forgotten. On the front of a very colorful DVD box was a young girl’s crush, the very cute Jack Wild. Oh for a moment I was setting in front of a boxy vintage television with rabbit ears, knobs and a slight fuzzy to the picture. Smitten with a brown haired boy with an absolute awesome British accent. Could it really be the incredible series H.R. Pufnstuf staring Jack Wild as Jimmy with his magic talking flute Freddie? It was!

 Finally Jack Wild (Jimmy) was free of the dark cravens of my mind, I was holding him right there in my hands. There was no doubt that this DVD collection with the boy whose photo image uses to be on my bedroom wall was coming home with me. Oh yea I had big plans for Jack and me. I could set back and watch 366 minutes of him non-stop if I so desired. Life is so good when you’re at Target.

 I rushed home with Jack in the passenger seat, after way to many red lights we were finally there.  I had to have a reason to watch my childhood crush; oh I had it family TV time when the boys have to settle down before bed. Tick, tick, tick finally it was time. The plan was to just put the DVD in and hope the boys would want to watch it. I was holding my breath as I push the start button on the DVD remote control. Please, please let them like it. There he wash running across the screen Jack Wild (Jimmy) and the faintly familiar theme song was filling our family room. One by one the boys came in and started watching with great interest. The first episode ended and no one left the room. It was a hit! Jack had transcended the decades and found new fans. Soon Josh was running around with a plastic flute calling it Freddie and wanting to go and buy a wooden one he could paint to look like the real one in the DVD.

 Thanks Jack for being a young girls crush, and bringing a smile to a woman’s soul. Thanks H.R. Pufnstuf for finding something my boys and I can love together!

 I only have one question for Sid & Marty Krofft what is up with the violet boots on H.R. Pufnstuf (the Mayor)?

Making new friendsThe love of a small child will withstand time.

Christmas, Michigan 

Family Photo:Not Today Mom

We have all had that day where we are just trying to get the one shot of the kids all together. This was one of my days like that and it just wasn’t happening. We were up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsular in the small town of Christmas.  As you can tell it’s the mid-80’s by the Jacket on Chris “Members Only”.  And take a look at that boot on Santa’s foot, man is it big! I think the kids look a little scared; Todds like let me go. We had a fun filled day visiting Upper Michigan, family and making memories of us.

Thursdays Child

Thursdays child has far to go.

I am a Thursday child and this is my first post under this catergorie. Thursdays post will be anything I feel like posting. In other words Thursday post is all about things I like or don’t. Each week you will also find the poem from which Thursdays child was taken at the end of the post. This week I have choosen to share a passage from Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love:

  Our Deepest Fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are poweful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves,

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.

Your playing small does not serve the world …

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, 

We unconscilously give other people

Permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.”

What wonderful words to live by “don’t play small”.  I actually have this up in my bedroom to remind  me often not to “play small”. I hope you enjoy and maybe find a little inspiration in it. So go out and play big and help the world around you.

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Monday’s Child

Mondays Child is fair of face,

Tuesdays child is full of grace,

Wednesdays child is full of woe,

Thursdays child has far to go,

Fridays child is loving and giving,

Saturdays child works hard for his living,

And the child that is born on the Sabbath day

Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

A spring view from the skywalk at The Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan
The view was so beautiful this spring morning with the trees in full bloom. I just had to snap a few photos to share.