I am confused. I got an email from one of those flash-sale sites about these wall decals, and I have QUESTIONS. 

“K is for Awesome”? Am I misreading? (I suppose it could be “Is for K awesome” which is what it actually LOOKS like. Maybe it’s a tribute to the linguistic stylings of Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd’s Festrunk Brothers.) K is not for awesome! A is for Awesome! K is for Kardashian! or Kooky! or Kome on! Is this the message we want to teach our children? The first initial in your name stands for whatever excellent word we want it to, because you are JUST THAT SPECIAL? This is going to lead to problems later in life.

And then there is this.

“Darling, we need you to sleep below an unattributed quote from one of the most unnerving children’s books of all time, thus displaying our familial commitment to plagiarism, disrespect of intellectual property no matter how creepy,  and stalking. Also you are never moving out of this house. OK, honey?”

As Lynn Harris put it ever so memorably about Love You Forever: “The only thing missing: the smothering mother ghost crawls across the floor.”

Clearly I am a fuddy-duddy who does not understand fabulosity in wall stickers or flexible attitudes toward copyright.


  1. Alia November 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Yes, that “wall art” is awful, and that book is annoying! My mom-in-law once gave me a picture frame that said “cuddly” and then gave the definition, something like: n. to snuggle, to get cozy – no, that the definition of cuddle, not cuddly, so I could never use it.

  2. marjorieingall November 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks a lot, Paula. I just got spit on my monitor.

  3. Mari Rich December 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Right on the money–about both the goofy decals and the creepy book! (Ugh–why is that even still in print?) Thanks for the laugh!

  4. Frume Sarah December 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    If that one creepy part 9with the mother steeling into her adult son’s bedroom) had not been included in the story, I think that it would have been a lovely, tender book.

    (Sometimes I skip that part…sh!!!!)

    But to not reference the work…is a shanda! Not to mention against American AND Jewish law.

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  6. Lauren December 8, 2011 at 10:33 am

    No, it’s supposed to read, “is fork awesome?”

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