Monday, August 2, 2010

Inspiration Avenue Challege: The World of Fantasy

☺ Here comes the Tooth Gorilla! ☺

Many years ago, ( I am now old enough to say,'many years ago!') wben my children were very little, I came up with a way to celebrate joyous occasions in our house without leading them to misconceptions about truth and stories.

The tooth fairy, Cupid, the Easter Bunny and Santa were concepts I chose not to teach my children. I wanted them to be very certain of the difference between truth and make believe. But I still wanted them to be able to join in the fun related to the occasions surrounding these special events.

Thus was born the "Tooth Gorilla"! When you lose a tooth you put it under your pillow and the tooth gorilla will come while you are asleep and leave you a crumpled up dollar bill. (Gorillas are not real careful with money and often carry it in their tight fisted hands.)

Next came the Easter Gorilla, who hides your easter eggs. You will be certain to find a few cracked ones. (Gorillas don't have very good small motor skills, so they often drop the eggs while hiding them.) Sometimes he comes the night before and sometimes he comes while we are in church, remembering with joy how Jesus rose from the dead.

And, of course, there is the Valentine Gorilla who will show up sometime when no one is looking and leave a battered valentine and a box of chocolates. (One or two candies are sure to be missing, since the valentine gorilla has a sweet tooth and can not help himself!)

Odd? Quirky? Effective? For us, yes!

Next, I am working on Santa's Helper. He will be the focal point of my Christmas Card this year.

What do you think? Should I do a series of greeting cards along this line?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.


Yvonne said...

I love him, Judy!

peggy gatto said...

this guy is the best!!!
My first smile this morning!!!

Southern Belle said...

You should def. do a line of. The idea behind them are wodnerful.

Sandy said...

So wonderful idea and he is so darling.
Thanks for the smile.

Sent My Way said...

I really like this. I don't think it's too far out there at all!

Magpie said...

Yes, do a series of cards!

I love your paintings! I didn't get a chance to comment on many of the "water" entries last week, but wanted to tell you your water lily painting is gorgeous!

Kiki said...

Hi is super lovely to meet you!
Love this gorgeous charming gorilla creature...wo.w..beautiful! I am enchanted! Love the story behind it too..magical and special.

Thankyou for visiting me and your sparkling words

Plumrose Lane said...

Love the painting you did!

artangel said...

What a wonderfully creative and quirky painting - I love him!

priti.lisa said...

Yep. Make the series. And laugh all the way to the gorilla bank.

gemma said...

So cute. I can just see the tooth gorilla peaking under the pillow.

IM GIRL said...

I missed the challenge this week again, but soooo glad I didn't miss the Gorilla Fairy! What a hoot!
I wuv him!

danit said...

Ha, if my son knew this is how the tooth fairy looks like, he will stop leaving his teath for her.


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My nane is Judy and I've been a christian for more than 3/4 of my life. I believe in redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that God, the Spirit lives in me and gives me the power to do His will and to live a joyful life. I have a Godly husband, a grown son and daughter. I live on a farm with 3 goats, 2 chickens, 2 horses, a cat, a dog and a python. I am an artist and a singer. I was a full time stay at home mom, the hardest job you'll ever love! I have two handmade shops on Etsy. Leaning on the Promises (Hand Painted Walking Canes) and Beaver Creek Pottery and an Etsy shop for selling Vintage and Antiques. Jersey Pine Pickers I post about my relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, about the things He teaches me, delights me with and how He uses me.