Friday, June 10, 2011



One of my favorite childhood movies ‘Pollyanna’ came on the Hallmark Channel on a recent Saturday and I ended up watching both showings for the day. I felt like I was six year-old again, fascinated at the ‘story within the story that lay within another story’.  There are several themes at work in the film, but it is the main story of the title character, her enthusiastically positive outlook on life is what I took away from the movie.  Surprisingly, I have never read any of the books written about the character.  My exposure to ‘Pollyanna’ has been limited to the movie starring the adorable Haley Mills. 

For years and years I would tell people that I had a ‘Pollyanna-ish’ attitude towards life.  I also think that as a child I understood that ‘to be a Pollyanna’, that the name was being used as a slander but as often is the case, I would take the idealism of ‘the glad game’ and put it to use. This is not to say that I never have a moment of cynicism, because in the film Pollyanna had her ‘moments’, and I will always be my own worst critic.  But when it counts the most I believe I am a positive cat, and I will always believe that of myself and no one can convince me otherwise. 

She would explain why a person should have a different attitude for reasons specific to them and their condition.  The only time she would tell people ‘why’, she gave them a personal example, a testimony, of why and what the different perspective did for her.  Never did she press her view a superior to anyone’s approach to their situation but she left it to them to work things out and discover their own way with a new perspective.


As far as looking for aid or relief, Pollyanna never did any such thing.  She was an orphan of missionaries, so I do not understand how her name came to define someone who is blindly optimistic.  She had to have seen all kinds of dark situations… she was living through one herself, being left without a parent and sent to an Aunt she knew only through stories, to a place she had never laid eyes on.  She bore her burden with a smile, never complaining or confiding in anyone.

That brings me to where I am at in my life at this time.  I am struggling in a good way, in a good place.  Omaha has its share of characters.  A lot of them were on the bus the other day, but beneath the surface, there is a quiet dignity and mannered way of being that is present and for me, unmistakable.  I still operate with a ‘guard your grill, knuckle up’ directive, but I do understand that this town does not have the same kind of ‘meanness’ of other ‘towns that I’ve jogged ‘round’. 

On my ‘day off’ during the week, I found my way to the mall.  Nebraska saw me out and gave me a text… I was unaware of her as I was on my way home.  As I made my way to the bus stop, four high school age girls were giggling and posing in this contraption that is supposed to simulate a hurricane.  I went over and asked if I could pay for their ‘ride’.  I wanted to see what would happen and I also wanted to… I don’t know, do something nice for someone.  It was only $2 and the girls were very grateful.  Made me think about KT and Lexxie, and I hope that someone can be a little thoughtful just because that is who they are, no strings to it.

Went to school and getting started on classes… I think I need to pick something that I want to be when I grow up and go for that.  Physical therapy has sounded good to me, so I will tell the disability advisor that is the direction I want to head off into.  And why I don’t see a relationship on any of the paths I aim to take…


* Ashleigh * said...

I <3 Pollyanna! The Disney version you mention is the only version I know. I had no clue there were books about her! It's because of her that I don't like to climb trees lol.

Why do you think there isn't a relationship on the horizon based on your educational emphasis? You never know who you're going to meet :)

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

sounds like you are in a good place. Looking forward to having you show me the ropes.

Lovebabz said...

(1913) A children's book by the American author Eleanor H. Porter. The title character is an orphan girl who, despite the difficulties of her life, is always extremely cheerful.

I like this softer side of you. I think Pollyanna is a nice reference...something to strive for. It has its roots in the Beatitudes...

Also did you know there is a whole movement and lessons for Pollyanna... who knew? Google search LOL!

Lovebabz said...

Love will find you Andy will find you.

That corgi :) said...

I think Physical Therapy would be a good field for you to get into Mark! I can see you doing well with it. That was a nice gesture for you to do with the ride for the girls; kind of like a pay it forward type thing, I bet it made their day!

I do think where you are at, like I said before, is a good place for you; a learning adventure, but a good place I do believe!


LceeL said...

I think Physical Therapy would be right up your alley, but to tell you the truth, I think you would do better as a Social Worker.

Toon said...

What's the opposite of a Pollyanna? That's me.