November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful for many things . . ... a wonderful husband, our two daughters, great parents, good health and Arthur Granjean . . . the smart man who invented "L'Ecran Magique" -- the amazing toy we all call the Etch-a-Sketch.

Our day began with a train ride to Geneva for Thanksgiving at a lovely restaurant. The girls were elated to ride the train and were especially thrilled when I told them that I had a "special Thanksgiving surprise" for them when we got to the restaurant.

You know it's somewhat hard to get two four-year olds excited about a holiday that pretty much revolves around turkey. It is especially hard to get two self-proclaimed vegetarians -- except of course for bacon -- excited about a holiday that revolves around turkey. So I came up with the idea of the Thanksgiving Etch-a-Sketch. The idea was brilliant in its simplicity. Michal and Kenna thought they'd won the lottery since they got a new toy, without having to wait for Christmas, and their brand-new sparkly red and sparkly purple Etch-a-Sketches kept them busy during our entire Thanksgiving meal.

Those Etch-a-Sketches also kept them busy for the extra three hours we spent at the restaurant when we missed the train home.

So today Mr. Granjean I am incredibly thankful that you came up with something in 1959 that was so simple and fun that it entertained my twosome for the better part of Thanskgiving Day nearly 50 years after you first thought of it.

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