. . . to my little friend.
I promised Gumby that I would introduce him to all of you.
I want to share with you how this little guy came into my life.
I had been wanting to get a "Danbo" ... at the time he was all the rage!
So I went ahead and placed my order for one.
Or so I thought!
I waited very patiently for his arrival.
When the box arrived ... I was absolutely giddy.
I couldn't wait to open it.
Here's who popped out of the box!
As you can see ... he is NOT Danbo!
I was shocked ... dumbfounded ... surprised ... annoyed!
How the heck did this mix up happen?
I wanted to fix this immediately.
So I picked up the phone and called the seller immediately.
Gumby was not happy.
I think he cried a little.
The seller reminded me about something ...
Now I was the one shedding a tear and Gumby was quite thrilled.
I didn't know what to do ... do I keep him?
Do I give him away?
Do I just stick him in a drawer somewhere?
I decided to give him a chance.
But there would be rules.
So, I sat him down and we discussed the rules.
He could stay with me as long as he stayed out of my hair
and he had to stay out of trouble.
He was very willing and appreciative.
Okay.....so Gumby stays.
He proved to be quite the little helper.
He enjoyed going outdoors with me and helping me do some yard work.
He never really complained about the labor ...
he said it was "a labor of love".
Oh yes! He is quite the "ladies man".
Gumby also proved to be quite sociable.
He is very eager to make friends.
One day he stumbled upon Jacques Croissant.
Never shy about a photo op, Gumby insisted that I document this acquaintance.
Here's how it went:
Jacques Croissant did not speak directly to Gumby
but addressed his questions/comments to me.
Jacques: Who eeez this?
Gumby: I'm Gumby! Who are you?
Jacques: Madame, je suis Jacques Croissant.
Gumby: Whoa! Really? The underwater guy?
Me: Gumby, that's Jacques Cousteau.
Gumby: I know! Nice to meet you Jacques Cousteau!
Jacques: Je m'appelle Jacques Croissant. Mon Dieu!!!
Me: Uh, Gumby ... I think you're bothering Mr. Croissant.
Gumby: Tell me some of your deep sea stories Jack.
Me: Uh ... guys ... let's break it up!
Jacques: Allez.....allez you little green #$&%.
Gumby: Are you sure you're not Jacques Cousteau because you sure talk like a sailor!
At this point ... I had to physically remove Gumby from the area.
So, since that didn't work out so well
Gumby was determined to find someone else to hang out with.
And then ...
... he found Woody!
They became fast friends ...
getting into all kinds of mischief.
I can't tell you how many times I told them not to play on the stairs.
It's all fun and games until someone falls and gets hurt!
But the real issue ... the straw that broke the camel's back ...
was on New Year's Eve two years ago ...
when they got into the liquor cabinet.
Gumby and Woody got drunk!
What else could I do?
I had no choice.
I had to discipline Gumby.
I banished Woody from the house.
I told Gumby that he would have to face the music ...
that although I had grown attached to him ...
he was going to be put aside.
Well....quite some time has passed.
Gumby has been allowed to venture out ... again.
This time he tells me he will be a very good Gumby.
I believe in second chances.
say "Hello" to my little friend ... Gumby!
I'm sure he will keep us entertained.
And now ... for my Random 5 Friday...
here are 5 random facts about Gumby.
1. Gumby was created by Art Clokey in 1955.
I was 4 years old!
2. Gumby is the Latin diminutive of "Gumbo", Gumby's father's name.
Gumby's mother's name is Gumba.
3. "Gumbo" is oil-driller lingo for the sedimentary layer of clay on top of a petroleum field.
4. The trademark "bump" on Gumby's head came from
an old photograph of Clokey's father in which a cowlick appears to give him
an unnatural bump.
5. A few years ago rap fans were sporting "The Gumby",
a hairstyle with the sides shaved and a tilted bump on the top.
Now, excuse me while I go and see
what Gumby is up to!