Life Wasted Not? 22.10.2017

Life Wasted Not?


R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG 1st October 2017

The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle


Children love repetitive things, like reading the same stories and books over and over again. They want to watch the same films, animations and TV programmes again and again. There seems to be some security in knowing off by heart what comes next.


This is totally different to me who cannot abide seeing anything, not even my very favourite film or TV programme more than once. I never read an adult book twice. I can even struggle to listen to music more than once (joke). I see it as such a waste of life. Your living hours are limited 9especially at my age) and you need to get through as much as you can. There is so much new stuff out there and you owe it to yourself and the creator to experience as much as possible. After all it would take you 100 years to view all content available on YouTube.


Bearing all of this in mind, grandson Rory’s current favourite media is the animated film version of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


The DVD contains five five minuteish animations that are very true to Eric Carle’s beautiful books:

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  2. The Mixed up Chameleon
  3. I See A Song
  4. Pappa , Please Get the Moon for Me
  5. The Very Quiet Cricket


The stories are excellently narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Roger McGough


There is a very strict order Rory likes to see the films. First always has to be: The Mixed up Chameleon. This is his very favourite of the animations. Probably one of his all time ever favourites. He will insist on watching this if he has no time for any of the others.


He then has a strict order that he watches the others, namely:


  1. I See A Song
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  3. Pappa , Please Get the Moon for Me
  4. The Very Quiet Cricket


So why is The Mixed up Chameleon his very favourite?


Rory is passionate about all living creatures, fish, jungle creatures, birds, farm animals and insects.


This chameleon not only changes colour but changes into the many animals he sees in the zoo. So Rory is in his elements as he sees so many of his favourite animals. Every time he watches the DVD he is overwhelmed with excitement as if he is seeing it for the first time.


He also loves the concept of I See a Song.


Another of Rory’s passions is drawing, painting and colouring. He understands colour deeply. If he draws something he likes to have the correct colours and even basic shades. The red and blue for Spiderman the purple and yellow for the joker.


He loves music too.


Surpringly he seems to understand that the old man playing the violin produces pretty physical patterns of all colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and indigo.


Let us not forget that he first enjoyed these stories as books which fed his imagination. The films just give a couple of added dimension, animation and sound. They do exactly what a book should do: excite and extend the imagination.


And although in my book this continual watching of these films is supposedly a waste of life, it certainly is not when I experience the overwhelming joy and satisfaction grandson Rory gets from them.




“Give everyday the chance to become the most beautiful of your life.” Mark Twain.



Happiness is… The Mixed up Chameleon and I See A Song by EricCarle Narated by Juliet Stevenson

& Roger McGough



Who was the first to see a cow and think “I wonder what will happen if I squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out?” – Billy Connolly



Crazy For You – Madonna

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