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June 24, 2010

Goodness turnips!

I have a vivid memory of the day my mother bought me a copy of Pollyanna on a visit to The World’s Biggest Bookstore when I was about eight years old. (This was back when TWBB was my favourite place in the universe.) I must have read the book a few times because many parts of it have stayed with me, but what I remember the most is the afterword to my edition, which was written by the great Lois Lowry. What I remember is one phrase in particular, one that applies to most of the books I like best; I think of it today because I’m currently rereading February by Lisa Moore.

The phrase is, “Goodness triumphs; I like that.” Except that I didn’t know the word “triumphs” when I was eight years old, and I read it as “turnips”. I read the whole phrase as a kind of exclaimation similar to “Goodness gracious” or “Merciful heavens”, but with a root vegetable twist.

“Goodness turnips; I like that.”

And all these years later, I still do.

2 thoughts on “Goodness turnips!”

  1. Study Window says:

    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never read ‘Polyanna’, probably because of too early an exposure to the Hayley Mills film. And now if I read it all I’m going to be able to think about is those turnips.

    1. Kerry says:

      Don’t be ashamed. You probably haven’t missed much (except the turnips!)

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