When George is sick, he likes me to read the funnies to him. In Austin, we have two pages devoted to the funnies which is better, in terms of reading them to another person, than Houston which had FOUR pages. I don’t know WHY he likes me to read them. Sometimes it’s because he’s really sick and doesn’t have the strength to hold the paper. Other times, the surgeon has told him to lie flat so the incision will heal. However, I think the real reason is because it amuses him. I’m all for cheering him up when he’s not well.
What makes him laugh–silently because he doesn’t dare to chortle if he wants me to continue–are the voices I use. So he can tell who’s speaking without being able to see the pictures, I use a high voice for Blondie and a gravelly tone for Dagwood. I tried a hip-hop speech pattern for one guy. I don’t do it well. I’m really a failure on accents. In Get Fuzzy, before Satchel speaks, I say, “Woof”, so George knows a dog is commenting.
I don’t know why I’m telling you all this but George felt this was worth blogging about so, to make him feel better, here it is. Also, I’m available to read to you–for a small charge.
Why do I mention Fiorello, the “little flower”, La Guardia, mayor of New York City from 1934-1945? In 1945, the newspaper delivery drivers went on strike so no one could get the paper. On the first Sunday of the strike, when the mayor was preparing to do a show, he decided it would be nice to read Dick Tracy to the kids. Every Sunday from then on, he read the comics to children on the radio and made them happy.
Okay, I don’t read to a city full of children who missed their favorite cartoon characters. No, I read to George which cheers him up. That’s a pretty good reason.,
Anyone else have a favorite Fiorello La Guardia story you’d like to share?