Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Have you ever had one of those days…

You burn your mouth on your morning coffee. Traffic makes you late for work. Your funny joke is met with blank stares. You lock your keys in your car. Your roommate used the last of the clean dishes.

Everything just seems to go wrong.

That is a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

That term may sound familiar to those of you who are fans of children’s books.

Author Judith Viorst wrote a great kids book titled Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, in which a young boy named Alexander had the worst day you can imagine.

He wakes up with gum in his hair. He doesn’t find a prize in his cereal (but his brothers do). He forgets the number 16 when he is counting. The dentist finds that he has a cavity. His brother pushes him in the mud. He has lima beans for dinner (and he hate lima beans).

And those are only a few of the rotten things that happen during the day.

Throughout the book Alexander mentions that he wants to move to Australia. He seems to think that all bad days can be avoided simply by moving to Australia.

Sorry to spoil the ending of the book, but his mom assures him that everybody has bad days, even people who live in Australia.

Sometimes when I am having a bad day I will feel like Alexander. I will want to move to Australia or Mars or somewhere else far away to escape my problems. But like Alexander learned, bad days just happen. And they happen everywhere. You can’t move away to escape them, you just have to plow through them.

Today I am thankful for Alexander.

I am sorry he had such a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, but I am glad that he learned from his day. I am thankful that I can learn from his day (and my bad days) as well.

One thought on “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  1. Such a good book. Unfortunately, for me it was more of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month…. but I have hopeful that’s behind me. I do have to say that all of these types of days (and months) help us to understand other people and what they are experiencing better.

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