Let the A to Z Challenge begin! To kick us off, I have picked the book with possibly the longest name ever because I still remember the very last line of this book.
The story, which I’m sure so many of us know, is about Alexander. He is a young boy having just about the worst day a kid can have. Everything that can go wrong for him does, and throughout the day his mood just keeps getting worse. By the end you think he can’t get any grumpier and this day will never get better. You’re almost as defeated as Alexander is. You almost want him to run away to Australia where, in his mind, these days don’t exists and everything is better. You think of all your terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days and want to run away with him.
Then something amazing happens. Alexander acknowledges that his day sucked, but says, “My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.” And he goes to sleep. The weird thing is, the day never does get better for Alexander. His day truly is terrible and horrible and very, very bad. It’s the kind of day that would make anybody want to give up and hide away forever. But there is so much truth in what his mom says. Some days are just terrible. Some days don’t get better and no matter where you go you will always have days like that, so there is no point in running away. That’s what I took from this story, that we must accept the terrible, horrible, no good,very bad days with the wonderful days. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days just happen, they are unavoidable in life and running away will not make those days stop happening. That’s why this story has always stuck with me…well, that and after you find the rhythm, the title is actually pretty catchy.