I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I did it! It cost me $11.20, but I did it and I am having a chuckle or two … a bigly chuckle, actually!  I can see you shaking your heads and rolling your eyes, wondering just what the heck I am up to now … well be patient, for I am about to tell you.  What I did was sent a small gift to none other than Mr. Donald Trump!  No, no cyanide was involved or white powdery substances, just a book.  A very simple book, actually …

Yertle the TurtleI actually owe this bit of fun to Roger (Woebegone but hopeful) who made the suggestion a week or so ago.  He mentioned, and I considered, Green Eggs and Ham, but then Miss Goose said that Yertle the Turtle would be better, and when I went back and re-read it, I had to agree.  From the description on Amazon:

“Dr. Seuss presents three modern fables in the rhyming favorite Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. The collection features tales about greed (“Yertle the Turtle”), vanity (“Gertrude McFuzz”), and pride (“The Big Brag”). In no other book does a small burp have such political importance! Yet again, Dr. Seuss proves that he and classic picture books go hand in hand.”

Greed, vanity and pride … all traits that Mr. Trump exhibits in spades, and he could stand to learn a few of the simple lessons found in these three stories.  I ordered it from Amazon, so I got free shipping as a member in good standing of their Prime program, and he will receive it next Tuesday, 11 July!  I also had them enclose a gift card that will read …

“This is a book.  You can read it to learn new words and enjoy the pictures too! Enjoy – Jill Dennison”

In hindsight, I should have signed it ‘Filosofa’ and perhaps it would have led him to my blog where he could gain further enlightenment!

Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, has stated that the titular character Yertle represented Adolf Hitler, with Yertle’s despotic rule of the pond. In 2003, reporter John J. Miller also compared Yertle to the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, saying that “[i]ts final lines apply as much to Saddam Hussein as they once did to the European fascists”. More recently, the striking visual similarities between Yertle the Turtle and US Senator Mitch McConnell has been publicly promoted by comedian Jon Stewart.

Yertle-McconnellThe last lines of Yertle the Turtle read: “And turtles, of course … all the turtles are free / As turtles, and maybe, all creatures should be.”

Now, I am a frugal being, as my family will tell you, and not one to waste money, as I have little enough of it.  But … with all the current frustrations Trump has caused us all, I was in the mood for open rebellion … just one small act of defiance.  Spitting in the wind?  Yes, I’m sure … but it was worth every penny of the $11.20!  I will cut back on something next week to make up for the $11.20. I am operating here under the assumption that we still live in a fairly free society, but in the event you do not see any posts or comments from me after Tuesday, perhaps you should all get together and start baking a very large cake with a file in it!


If anybody is interested, you can access a .pdf file with the full text off Yertle the Turtle.

60 thoughts on “I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. I’m assuming DT, or someone in his royal entourage, knows how to read? After all, you didn’t tweet it, so he may not be able to make that giant leap from tweet to book. Maybe he’ll send you a t-shirt with “Make America Great Again” on the front… or a red hat.

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    • Oh I do hope he does NOT send me a t-shirt or hat … I would be ill just seeing it! Several have commented that he may not be able to read the words, but perhaps his daughter Ivanka can read it to him, since she was deemed well-versed enough to sit in on the G-20! In reality, my best guess is that he will never even see it, but perhaps some staffer will take it home for their young children, and at least some good will come of it all. 🙂

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  2. Dear Jill,
    What a fun idea. But you know that he doesn’t read. I am always suspicious of folks who eschew reading. But maybe the words are at just the right level that he might read it. After all, there are pictures.
    Still, this was a brave act.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, I know he doesn’t read, but perhaps Ivanka can read it to him while he looks at the pictures! 😀 And I agree … there is something wrong with a person who does not read! I cannot imagine a life without books … what a sad existence!
      Hugs!!! ❤

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    • Yes, I had much fun with it! I’m hoping not to be visited by the Secret Service on Wednesday, but one must take a stand sometimes. And thanks … I am comforted that so many of you are willing to go in together to rescue me! 🙂


  3. Brilliant! In the unlikely chance you wind up in jail i’m sure we can launch a protest which may end with all of us in jail. Anyway, not sure tRump has the mental ability to understand Dr. Seuss if he should actually get the book since his mail/packages are probably opened by staff but be sure whoever sees it may read it & be enlightened. BTW, i have a small hacksaw that would work better than a file.

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    • Hey … if we all end up in jail together, we shall have the best time of our lives! And thanks for the idea about the hacksaw … I’m sure it will work better! I agree that he probably will never see the book … but somebody will, and perhaps word will get back to him. They will probably X-ray the thing to make sure there isn’t a ticking bomb tucked among the pages, then send it to the lab to test for lethal chemicals. Thus … I will have caused them some time & trouble … mission accomplished! 😀 Yes, I am turning into a rebel … at age 66!!! 😀 Who knew?

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  4. I wonder if he’ll have Ivanka write you a thank you note? Probably not. She is really busy representing the US at the G20 table. The problem is, I’m not sure he can write or read, and this book may way over his head regardless. I think he’ll regift it to his new buddy Vladimir who probably won’t send you a thank you note, unless he hacks into your email and leaves you a ghostmail.

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    • Your mind works much the same as mine, I think! Yes, I thought he might actually have Ivanka read it TO him, since she is deemed qualified to participate in the G-20, and he can just look at the pictures! But, if he re-gifts it to Vlad … who knows … Vlad may take an entirely different message from the story … 😀 Ah … we must find our ways to cope in this not-so-brave new world in which we find ourselves … 🙂


  5. That must have given you such a feeling of satisfaction………Good for you. I shall be over on a rescue mission if you’re captured alive. I don’t my friend in the slammer with him on the outside.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • It did indeed give me a sense of satisfaction! A small thing, but I had much fun with it! And I am eternally grateful to know that you will come rescue me should the need arise! Hopefully I will NOT find men in dark glasses on my doorstep Wednesday morning! 😀
      xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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    • Oh my! I never thought of that … I certainly do NOT want him to EVER think of me as a fan!!! Hmmmm … I must think how to set the record straight! The general consensus seems to be that either a) he will not be able to read it, or b) he won’t understand it. I think it would be cool if this idea spread and he ended up with an entire room full of Dr. Seuss books!!! 😀

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      • I imagine if the WH was bombarded with Dr Zeus books, it would be reported as something sinister against children by the Trumpeter administration. As it is, I don’t think any of them are smart enough to understand the intellectual message. They would likely think that ‘Animal Farm, by George Orwell, ‘ is a nice little children’s fairy story rather than the allegorical tale against Stalinism that it is intended to be for its reader.

        Anyway, I’m sure you will find life as usual on Wednesday and ‘men in black’ will not appear, though beware of any ‘flashy thingy’s! It would be very sad if they make you forget everything and reprogram your brain to become a DT fan. Though on second thought, I think the ‘flashy thingy’ might break if they tried that! 😅😂😂😂😂

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        • I am sure you’re right … there are few, if any, in the WH that would understand the message and realize that it applied to them! Brains are in short supply in Washington these days!

          The flashy thing … ah yes, it would surely disintegrate! I am told that I have one of the hardest heads around! 😀 😀 😀 And proud of it, I might add! 🙂

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    • Thanks! But not all that brave, really … I don’t expect any ramifications … somebody will probably just assume I am another liberal lunatic, or a ‘snowflake’! It was just something I needed to to … and I appreciate the support of all my readers … you guys mean so much to me … you’re family!

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      • Oh My Sainted Aunt I have become a Malign Foreign Influence! (What’s good enough for the Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation is good enough for me! 😁)
        Next step? If there were only DVDs of ‘Deputy Dawg’ to send to Mr Sessions.
        I don’t know if the ethical lessons in ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ or ‘Megamind’ are a bit too subtle for them. 🙄 🤔

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        • I don’t think that as a Malign Foreign Influence you need to worry too much, for after the ‘impression’ Trump has made on most world leaders, I doubt a request for extradition to the U.S. would be honoured by the UK. Then again … there seems to be a bit of coziness between May & Trump …
          Old Deputy Dawg videos … hmmmmm … I shall be checking into that! Perhaps I can find them on YouTube and send a link to Sessions’ Twitter account! No cost! As re: Wreck It Ralph … when she was young, my granddaughter LOVED that show and I was sure we were doomed. Fortunately she turned out to be a great person, but when she was about 4, her favourite Christmas song was “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, so you can see why we were concerned! 😀

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    • Thanks!!! I don’t mind that I distracted you from Roger whomever, as you have the Professor and you don’t need to be thinking about Roger-somebody-or-other 🙂 … BUT I am sorry to have taken you from your dinner! Food is important, after all! And thanks for being willing to kick in on the cake/file fund! It’s good to have friends! 🙂 Hugs, Mary!

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