Thursday, April 27, 2006
The Pez Experiment
I was in the check-out line of Wal-Mart the other day and was looking over the various magazines and candies when I happened to see sitting at the top of the gum rack, a collection of Pez dispensers. There were various characters from the famous to the vague. As I dug through them (because I had nothing else to do, the cashier was taking her time) I found the Chicken Little Pez, all by himself. I thought, "He needs a good home." So, I bought him. To do what with? Who knows. All I know is that since the first time I saw that movie preview or advertisement in a magazine, I'm not sure which, I have been drawn to that pathetic little chicken. The movie wasn't that great- he was, but the movie wasn't. Great acting. I bought the soundtrack- not a great cd, but it has a really good song on it that will break your heart. My Chicken Little Pez is sitting on my desk at school beside my computer now. As I was thinking over some things today, he watched me and I began to connect with my plastic friend. Maybe I am drawn to that pathetic little chicken because I can identify with him, not that I'm a pathetic chicken, but because everyone thinks he's a little different or out there. Aren't all of us that claim to be show people. Maybe it is because he wears glasses- I wear glasses. Maybe it is because the first "real" play I ever did was Chicken Little with Mrs. Eldredge when I was in the first grade. Dunno, I'm just drawn to that face with the oversized green glasses.
He also got me thinking about how a person's personality can match a certain character, that is in the form of a pez. My goal for this summer is to match each of you to a pez. I have mine. I always seem to buy a huge amount of stuff when I go somewhere on an out of town trip or vacation. I've decided, that I don't need all of that stuff and that my new collection will be a unique and interesting pez I found on my journey. Yea, ya'll think I'm nuts! I've always had fun collecting things, and now I think I've gotten something new and fun to collect. I've got several people have given me- a Kermit, a Wonder Woman, a Mickey Mouse. I need to dig them out and create a display at school. I looked for one of those crazy tests that we pass around to see if one would match you to a pez, but couldn't find one. Maybe I'll make my own. What do you think? If you could pick a pez that most matched you personality, or should we say the concept you have of yourself- who would it be? Interesting, hmmmm? Be honest. You can call me CL for short.