Monday, September 15, 2014

Viola Volunteria

Viola has always been one of Lickety-Split’s best volunteers.  Some might even call her ‘easy’  - she just never says no.  Recently, however ,  when she volunteered to sell the token/tickets at the local school fair she got more than she bargained for.

You see this year the board determined to put the cotton candy and kettle corn tables on either side of the main ticket table.  This meant poor Viola was hemmed in by the sugary sweet smells of the cotton candy and the greasy-sweet smells of the kettle corn.  As the day got warmer poor Theodora felt taken with a strong case of the vapors (quite literally). 

Eventually she totally succumbed and was carried off the school grounds by the volunteer rescue squad.  As they carried her out we could hear her somewhat shaken voice whispering - I QUIT!!!  I suspect she’ll be saying those two words more than once during the coming volunteer year. 

"Cause you had a bad day
You're taking it down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You had a bad day"

"You had a bad day" by Daniel Powter


  1. The organisers just didn't think, did they!

  2. Poor Viola! I'm sure she will fully recover, but perhaps be more careful about what she volunteers to do!

  3. Viola has a good heart! But a very weak constitution. I hope she recovers. However, she has made me think that I should get into the kitchen to make some funnel cakes that I promised to my grandson.
    xx, Carol

  4. That was a delight! Bless Viola and I sympathise - I could almost smell those greasy sickly fumes myself!!

  5. Wow!!! Penny, you just keep outdoing yourself. I love the way you think, and your talent for words is amazing. "Violet Volunteria", another character who has taken on a persona through your multi-talents. The "One Token" buttons, and their placement(!), are exquisite. Plus, with the tickets, a story has been told through the "about to go crazy" facial expression. She's a riot, and don't we all know someone we want to shake silly because in spite of it not being good for them, they simply don't know how to say "No". I hope you have plans to give us a few photos of the whole town of Lickety Split and it's residents someday!

  6. Ooops, so sorry for my typo! It makes an alliterative difference in Penny's well-thought-out naming of this character. I would not want to change a thing about that. It's VIOLA VOLUNTERIA, not Violet as my fingers typed in my comment above.

  7. Viola is a delight! I hope she recovers quickly and learns to say no sometimes. Sometimes we really need to just say no :)

  8. I rather relate to Viola's expression.

    What wonderful characters you create, I'm happy to discover them.

  9. Love Viola. My bookmark arrived in the post today, absolutely beautiful and I love the idea of owning something you have made.
    If I discover the key to unlock the door will I find Lickety Split on the other side?

  10. Hi Debbie

    Glad the bookmark arrived safe and sound. I'm sure the ladies of Lickety Split would be quite pleased to see you.



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