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Okay…I admit it. My Christmas texts are blatant plagiarism. Actually, it is the fact that so many of my friends thought the texts were products of my wildly creative imagination that I have decided to come clean. The credit belongs to Sandra Keith Boynton.
Back in the 80s and even the early 90s, I was probably one of Sandra Boynton’s biggest customers. Her greeting cards, printed by Recycled Paper Products, were whimsical, hip and environmentally friendly. Quirky cats, perplexed hippopotami, goofy gnus populated her “Animal Farm” collection. I think I bought at least one of each, depending upon the occasion. My favorite still remains (and is still available…more later): Things are getting worse. Please send chocolate. Timeless entreaty, if I do say so.
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I think the last time I wore it was in 2001, for my ex-boyfriend’s grandchildren. In Moscow, Russia. I was pretty sure no one had seen me in it there.
Anyway, last Christmas I started looking for Boynton Christmas cards again. Maybe my new career choice – working with animals – had something to do with it. Oh, I had seen a few of her books in the children’s section of Barnes & Noble. However, to my surprise there was no central location for all things Boynton. No website that I could find (and I am a Google-maniac), no links to Boynton treasures on eBay. For me, no gnus was not good news.
So, I could only fill in the gap with my left-handed homage to one of my favorite creative geniuses. Those of you who have received the “Hippo Birdie Two Ewes” texts know what I’m talking about. Still, as a writer, my conscience nagged me. Sandra Keith Boynton had to be out there somewhere. After sending my Christmas texts again this year, I resumed my quest.
Eureka! Sometime in the last year, Sandra Keith Boynton has created a website: www.sandraboynton.com. I won’t spoil the surprise, but if it’s chickens and hippos and cats and reindeer you crave…and chocolate…get your web browser browsing. There are cards! There are books! There are songs! There are T-shirts! ( I didn’t see any sweaters.) Those of us Philly folks will be delighted to learn, via Sandra Boynton’s “Unbelievably Fascinating Autobiography,” that Ms. Boynton grew up in Philadelphia, a Quaker who attended Germantown Friends School. Her dad was…can you believe it?...an English teacher.
If you have been out of touch with Boynton-abilia, as I have, the website is a wildly refreshing dose of humor and warmth. If you have not yet met Ms. Boynton, introduce yourself…and your children…and your children's children...immediately.
In the meantime, I am off to have some chocolate. And to find my sweater. In closing, I can only say (and the credit belongs solely to Sandra Keith Boynton):
Mare Egrets Moose Two Ewes Panda Hippo Gnu Deer!