Today, May 22, is the birthday of author and illustrator Arnold Lobel. He wrote the Frog and Toad books and the Mouse books and Owl at Home and many others. Perhaps you don’t use Lobelisms in your home, but we certainly do.
“Let us eat one very last cookie and then we will stop.”
“Will power is trying hard not to do something that you really want to do.”
“We have lots and lots of will power.
You may keep it all, Frog. I am going home now to bake a cake.”
“What will I do without my list? Running after my list is not one of the things that I wrote on my list of things to do!”
“Tonight I will make tear-water tea.”
“The whole world is covered with buttons, and NOT ONE OF THEM IS MINE!” (Substitute any lost item for “button” and you have the problem with the universe in a nutshell.)
“Winter may be beautiful, but bed is much better.”
“I am laughing at you, Toad,” said Frog, “because you do look funny in your bathing suit.”
“Of course I do,” said Toad. Then he picked up his clothes and went home.