Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Zen of Sponge
Yes, I will freely admit it.
I am a soon to be 38 year old woman who loves Spongebob Squarepants. If someone had told me years ago that I would not only love but own several seasons of this undersea cartoon, I would have checked their mental status. And yet, dear readers, I do so love the sponge. Years ago, I watched the cartoon every so often, asking myself questions like, "How can they cook hamburgers UNDERWATER?", or "Why is Gary meowing since he is the one animal I am terrified of?" In any case, I still watched the cartoon and chuckled at the hijinks of the happy go lucky sponge and his dumb yet well meaning starfish friend.
However, that all changed in 2009. Towards the end of the year, I had moved into a new apartment and immediately felt the whole "new apartment" tingles. I needed something to make me feel at home in my new home and Spongebob was just the right . . . sponge to do that. By this time, however, I felt more than just a case of the giggles. I UNDERSTOOD Spongebob.
One of my favourite books is The Tao of Pooh. Pooh takes things as they come to him in his Taoist life and flows with the river. So does Spongebob. Although Spongebob lives in a pineapple under the sea (why it doesn't turn moldy???), his life is simple: live, live, live. Nothing truly fazes him, for he simply takes matters as they are. Good things come to him because he does not allow annoying and petty matters to infiltrate his life, much like Squidward does (how can he play the clarinet underwater?).
Spongebob is now a firmly fixed part of my life (just ask my publisher or anyone else who has listened to one of my Bikini Bottom rants) and I for one am glad to have it. I have learned through this sponge to take life as it is and to just live (how can they CRY underwater?)
So, there you have it: a happy confession of a deep love with a not so deep sponge.
Okay, I do have one last question: how can they flush toilets underwater?? I even asked my mother that the other day. She did not have an answer.