26 October 2007

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day... grows up and works in finance?

Since the 60's, Judith Viorst has written dozens of children’s books, poetry collections and adult advice books, but she may be best known for her children’s books based on her son, Alexander, starting with “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” which has sold 4 million copies since it first appeared in 1972.

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" was hands down one of my favourite books as a kid. I'm assuming if you're near or around my age, you remember this book. I might go buy a copy today just to have it around again.

Well now Alexander has grown up and haven't we all. He works in community lending at a firm in Washington, helping families in less fortunate neighbourhoods buy their own houses. He's married with kids. He competes in triathlons. Basically, Alexander is making us all look pretty fucking lazy and selfish.

And now his mom is writing a book about it all, tentatively titled "The Alexander Five"; a reference to Alexander's wife and 3 children.

I'm getting old. The one-dimensional characters of my youth are all grown up, lending people money and competing in triathlons.

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