Thursday, 19 July 2012

The Inflatable Boy

A work in progress

How simple it is to say some thoughtless word or carry out some thoughtless action and without ever intending to  cause offence, or discourage another. I do though sometimes think this is because we live a, blame culture.  We are always ready to blame others for the way things are, never considering it may just be an accident or a thoughtless moment.

I say this because yesterday I spent half an hour in the company of a person who did nothing but complain about everything and everybody around him. How draining a half an hour that was. On the other hand I also spent some time with my dear old friend, Archie, who never ever has a bad word to say about anybody, such a contrast.

So let me start your day off with a little thought and a funny story.

There once lived a little inflatable boy in an inflatable house. He lived with his inflatable parents. Each day he attended the inflatable school run by an inflatable headmaster. He enjoyed attending school, so it was with some surprise that he was called to the inflatable head teachers room one morning.

He stood before the inflatable head and wondered what was wrong. The head said to him, “It has come to my notice that you might be breaking one of the school rules.”  “What?” asked the young inflatable boy.

“Is it the case that you have a pin in your pocket?” asked the inflatable head.

“I have,” said the inflatable boy.

“Well you have let me down, and the school and your parents.”

I will leave you to dwell on that and I hope it brings a little smile to your day.  An act of kindness or a word of encouragement can go a long way to inflating a persons feeling of good will and well being. But how easy it is to burst that bubble.

This blog is linked to my other where I will discuss any artwork used. A Work In Progress


  1. Good Morning Ralph, today will be wonderful! Blaming others has always been the easiest route.
    If not for THEM I would be perfect and rich and loved! ha, ha!

  2. Eww, I wouldn't want to be around when all those inflatable people are eating beans...
    Cute story! But the issue of blame these days is really disturbing, isn't it. It seems that if something goes wrong, we don't care, as long as somebody else gets blamed for it. I know so many people whose first reaction to things is, 'not my fault!'. Our first reaction should just be, 'let's fix this.'
    That's a beautiful painting, by the way!

  3. --I, too, am disappointed in extremely negative people. I no longer will spend any time with people like that person who wasted your time blathering on about everyone else's errors. Ugh! People like that are a sad lot..they all belong to the "discouragement fraternity"!
    Nice painting!

  4. Good post. Negative people are hard to deal with.