My mother still has her old battered copy of Lentil, the brilliant book by Robert McCloskey, which was read to her when she was a girl.
That same book was read to my brother and me. A newer version resides in my brother's house which he subsequently read to my niece.
I was reminded of Old Sneep the other day when my niece said, "He was being a complete Sneep."
|Old Sneep in all his grumpy glory|
As a child, I found the lemon sucking revolting. As an adult, it is still not appealing.
|Old Sneep working the lemon|
But the point of Old Sneep was that he was a:
- spoil sport
- rain on the parader
- selfish grump
- man who exhibited bad behavior
Hence the multi-generational use of him as a bad behavior example. We heard things like:
- "You are being an Old Sneep." - often preceded an invitation to report to one's room
- "Your Sneep is showing."
- "Don't be Sneepish."
- "Shall I get you a lemon?" - used when in public.
|All images from this wonderful book|