Friday, September 30, 2011

Guest Blog--Listening Post Interviews

Listening Post Interviews
Reported by Sis White

From the Editor:  The barnyard is in quite a stir is as the second book in the Sassy Pants series is in the publishing pipeline. Sassy Pants Makes Amends will be released around the end of the year. Everyone is hoping it will be available for Christmas gifting!

We at The Listening Post thought it would be an opportune time to interview some of the main characters in the ongoing saga! Agila, one of our barnyard reporters, was first suggested to do the interviews, but she declined, preferring to remain the eyes and ears of the barnyard. She said when it came to talking she was nothing to squawk about! What a sense of humor!  She suggested Farmer White’s daughter would be the perfect reporter since she seemed to know and get along with everyone, even grumpy old Billy Goat!

Some background on Sis: We’re calling her Sis since everyone in her family does, the only exception is that Farmer White sometimes calls her “George—his right hand man!” In the line-up of all those boys, she comes right after the biggest boy, Denny.

Interview #1—Sassy Pants              

Sis:     Hey, Sassy Pants! I’m wondering if it would be okay to just get some candid reactions to your story that’s going to be coming out this fall. Are you excited? One of our own—in a book! How cool is that?!

SP:      Well, I wouldn’t exactly say I am excited—a bit more like embarrassed!

Sis:     Embarrassed?  Why would you be embarrassed? You have really turned out well!

SP:      You said, “turned out” and that is important. That lets everyone know that I was not always the responsible barnyard resident that I am now. That time of being the barnyard bully is a time I would rather forget! So, ya, it’s embarrassing to have my past right out there in the story in black and white for the whole world to see! The only reason I consented to having my story written up was, if at all possible, I want to warn all kids to not follow my early example! That’s the only reason!

Sis:     But Sassy Pants, you have such a message for the kids these days! I am really proud of you! Tell us in your own words, what would you like the kids to get out of reading your story?

SP:      Two things from these two stories: The first is that choices have consequences—any choice you make will have a consequence. That’s the way it is. Some consequences you will like and some you won’t. So, kids, make wise choices. Think about the possible consequences. Really think about it—are those consequences something you can live with? Will you like it/them? If not, seriously think about a different choice!

The second thing:  If you mess up like I did, ask for forgiveness. I did not like the consequences of my behavior. Apologizing and asking forgiveness is hard, no doubt about it. Making amends is even harder, but the results are worth all the hard work! It was quite a process to get to the place I am today.

Sis:     So tell us Sassy Pants, just what is amends?

SP:      I think Old Clyde said it best. “Amends is a way to fix a friendship when you are the one who broke it.” He was right on. Amends is just studying the friend whose friendship you broke until you find something that is really important to him or her. Then you make that become important to you too. You try to do something that will give your friend reason to trust you again. And you keep trying until trust is there!

Sis:     Well that sounds simple enough!

SP:      Simple, yes. Easy? No. Worth it? Yes! And, now you must excuse me, I hear the grain scoop calling! Farmer White is serving his famous Pig Soup and I don’t want to miss it!

Editorial Note: This is the first interview of the main characters of the Sassy Pants series. Our thanks to Mrs. Brown for inviting The Listening Post to be her guest blogger! 

Mrs. Brown’s Note: I am happy to have The Listening Post as a guest blogger. I said in the blog intro that this blog is about exploring sensitivity. I believe that Sassy Pants' story is about sensitivity! When she was a bully she turned her sensitivity off, or tried to. She made her heart grow cold and it started turning to stone because of what she believed about what happened to her. Sassy Pants thought she had to get what she thought was hers whether or not it was! She didn’t notice or care how what she did affected others—until she was shocked out of the notion! That shock was a hard way to learn, but she learned! When we don’t understand the things that happen to us and around us we can come to believe things that aren’t true. We can come to a wrong conclusion. Now she is well loved and valued by everyone in the barnyard. Hers is a story of a misbehaving pig redeemed and reformed! It's a story of second chances, that should encourage us all!
Blessings, Carol 

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