The night Jax wore his sweat pants and ate snacks of one kind and another. His wife called him “WIDE THING!” and Jax said “I’LL EAT THIS UP!” so he was sent to bed without getting any.
That very night in Jax’s room a fitness center grew and grew and grew until his ceiling hung with exercise equipment and the walls had mirrors all around and an opportunity tumbled by with a private trainer for Jax.
And he started exercising through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to get away from where the wide things are.
And when he came back to the place where the wide things are they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible bellies and showed their terrible appetites… ‘til Jax said “QUIT OVEREATING!” and tamed them with a magic trick of making them laugh while imparting valuable weight loss information to them.
And they called him the most wild wide thing of all and made him king of all wide things.
“And now,” cried Jax, “let the Wide Rump-Less start!”
“Now stop!” Jax said and sent the wide things off to bed with only 850 calories worth of supper.
And Jax the king of all wide things was tired of being so wide and wanted to be fittest and healthiest of all.
Then all around from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat so he gave up being king of where the wide things are.
But the wide things cried, “Oh please don’t go… we like you being as fat as we are!”
And Jax said, “No!”
The wide things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Jax just waved good-bye and began eating less and working out over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day…
…and into the night of his very own room where he found his wife waiting for him.
And she was still hot.
Okay, so I knock off work early Friday and took my daughter Pisa and one of her buddies to see Where the Wild Things Are. It was an enchanting little film, but I spent a lot of time writing this on my phone during the slow parts. Between three daughters, I’ve probably read this book a thousand times. It’s actually one of those books that we’ve had to replace because we absolutely wore it out. I know this doesn't make a whole lotta sense, but I was impressed with myself for being able to recall so much of the actual book from memory. I can't remember my PIN number for my bank card, but my brain holds on to the important stuff...
This week, I’ve got to survive trick-or-treating and a wild Halloween party Friday night.
Let the wild rumpus start!