Not unlike many cultures, growing up, my twin brother and I spent a lot of time with our grandmother -- especially, in the summertime.
Some of my fondest memories are of helping Nagy Mama cook Sunday dinner, or tend to her vegetable gardens, while listening to awesome stories "from the old country."
To be REAL honest, there were a few downright scary moments when I think she, along with others of the grandparent-ly-type, made up half of these so-called folktales, just to scare us kids into, you know, being good.
So...YES!...I have taken poetic license in re-telling some of these stories...to MY children.
Ahhhhhh...but, there IS a catch...you have to catch him, first.
Then...and ONLY then...can you make your wish.
Because, contrary to what the Grimm Brothers may have told you, it's really bad juju to kiss a frog (see disclosure, below.)
Disclosure: Just so you know, this blog post is for entertainment purposes, ONLY. I am in no way advocating the kissing of frogs. In fact, it's probably a REAL bad idea, as some frogs can give humans tapeworm cysts and salmonella poisoning. (See also: EWWWW and GAG ME WITH A SHOVEL!!!!) It's okay, though, because I didn't really kiss him/her, made sure to wash my hands (before and after) and, truth be told, the frog didn't look too happy about the idea, either. SHEESH!!!
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