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Fictional Dream Cabinet

I was listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR yesterday while I was making a grilled cheese sandwich. They were talking about who they’d like to see in the new President’s Cabinet, regardless of who wins the election.

Coincidentally, on one of my children’s literature groups, there’s been a fun discussion of which fictional character kids would like to see as President.

In this last week of the campaign, I’ve become fascinated and repulsed by politics, wanting to get away from it, but unable to drag myself away. Like when marzipan is the only candy in the house.

So, I thought it would be fun to create a Cabinet with fictional characters.

• President ”” Atticus Finch because he’s the perfect man.

• Vice President ”” Guy Noir because in a city that knows how to keep its secrets, he’s still trying to find the answers to life’s persistent questions.

• Secretary of Agriculture ”” the Farmer in the Dell because not only is he a farmer, but he also knows the dell like nobody’s business.

• Secretary of the Interior ”” the Lorax because he speaks for the trees for the trees have no tongues and he’s telling you “STOP” from the top of his lungs.

• Secretary of Commerce ”” Lucy Van Pelt because she knows the value of a nickel.

• Secretary of Justice ”” Nancy Drew because, well, duh.

• Secretary of Defense ”” Stephanie Plum’s yummy friend, Ranger. No photo available because he’s so smokin’ hot that he melts the camera. But here’s his jacket.

• Secretary of Labor ”” Tom Joad because he’ll be ever’where””wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, he’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, he’ll be there… he’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’””he’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready. An’ when folk eat the stuff they raise an’ live in the houses they build””why, he’ll be there.

• Secretary of Education ”” Miss Frisby because she makes book learnin’ fun.

• Secretary of State ”” Horton the Elephant because he knows everyone’s important, no matter how small.

• Secretary of Energy ”” Calvin and Hobbes because they have so much of it.

• Secretary of Transportation ”” Han Solo. Have you seen his sweet ride?!

• Secretary of Health and Human Services ”” Marcus Welby, MD. Would this man or his dreamy Under Secretary steer you wrong?!

• Secretary of the Treasury ”” Ebenezer Scrooge because he knows the sins of man are huge ”” a never-ending symphony of villainy and infamy, duplicity, deceit, and subterfuge.

• Secretary of Homeland Security ”” Captain Jack Sparrow. He may not be the best pirate in the world, but he can swashbuckle against anyone. And he’s so charming that nobody would complain about taking their shoes off at the airport or only being allowed three ounces of gels and liquids.

• Secretary of Veterans Affairs ”” Forrest Gump because I bet his mama would come with him. And maybe Jenny too.

• Secretary of Housing and Urban Development ”” Daddy Warbucks because he had a wicked awesome house AND he lived in the city AND he took in an orphan.

Who would you choose?

Which One Did It?

I was clearing out a bookshelf the other day and came across one of my old Nancy Drew books, a hardback copy of The Secret of the Old Clock, the first in the series.

Mine is the 1959 version which had been revised from the original 1930s version. They made Nancy 18 years old instead of 16 and gave her a spiffy Mustang convertible rather than her original roadster.

I read every single one of those books. No, I didn’t read them. I devoured them. I gulped, guzzled and gorged myself on them. Even at the time I knew they were all basically the same story, but it didn’t matter. I couldn’t wait to share the adventures with Nancy, Bess, George and Ned.

She had a housekeeper and no mother! And a convertible! And a girlfriend named George! What a strange and exotic world!

Ahhh. I loved that world and my visits there turned me into a reading junkie. If I didn’t get my daily fix, I got the shakes.

It made me wonder about the books that other people loved.

So, tell me … what turned you into a raging reader?