Khiyali typing here.
Today, there was an Earth Day celebration at Barnes & Noble.
Harford County Climate Action (which we are part of) was there, as was Friends School of Harford. And guess what? I read aloud a book in the children’s area! So did at least one of the Friends School kids.
I read The Lorax by Theodor Seuss Geisel, A.K.A. Dr. Seuss. There is one part where the old Once-ler, who chopped down all the Truffala trees to make Thneeds says:
I biggered my factory, I biggered my roads.
I biggered my wagons, I biggered the loads
of the Thneeds I shipped out. I was shipping them forth
to the South! To the East! To the West! To the North!
I went right on biggering…selling more Thneeds.
And I biggered my money, which everyone needs.
The Once-ler also says that he’ll go on biggering and biggering and BIGGERING and BIGGERING.
Well, he does another kind of biggering too.
Any of you know Hindi? You know the Hindi meaning of bigar? (You know, like bigar mirchi.)
Well, in Hindi, bigar means without. The Once-ler not only biggers his Thneed factory, but he also bigars the whole area. Bigar Truffala trees, bigar Bar-ba-loots, bigar Swanee-swans….
Bigar clean air, bigar clean water….
P.S. I actually think Thneeds are pretty neat-sounding, but you could make them out of yarn or something.
P.P.S. If you can’t make head or tail of this post, try making hip or shoulder. If you still don’t get it, read The Lorax.