Thursday, August 2, 2012

What can you be glad about?

To all the Pollyanna Club members:

What could you be glad about if.....

  1. You were going to go to the beach but it started hailing outside.
  2. You wanted to go to the park, but your parents (or husband) said it was too hot outside.
  3. You have to cancel your party because all your friends are on vacation.
  4. You just opened a Christmas present, and after a few minutes it breaks (or it wasn't what you wanted).
  5. Your camera battery dies when you're about to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower.
  6. You're sick and you can't do the things you want to.

Leave your answer in the comment form below!

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Glad Game, as per Pollyanna Herself

Pollyanna laughed softly.

"Well, that's the game, you know, anyway."


"Yes; the 'just being glad' game."

"Whatever in the world are you talkin' about?"

"Why, it's a game. Father told it to me, and it's lovely," rejoined Pollyanna. "We've played it always, ever since I was a little, little girl. I told the Ladies' Aid, and they played it--some of them."

"What is it? I ain't much on games, though."

Pollyanna laughed again, but she sighed, too; and in the gathering twilight her face looked thin and wistful.

"Why, we began it on some crutches that came in a missionary barrel."


"Yes. You see I'd wanted a doll, and father had written them so; but when the barrel came the lady wrote that there hadn't any dolls come in, but the little crutches had. So she sent 'em along as they might come in handy for some child, sometime. And that's when we began it."

"Well, I must say I can't see any game about that," declared Nancy, almost irritably.

"Oh, yes; the game was to just find something about everything to be glad about--no matter what 'twas," rejoined Pollyanna, earnestly. "And we began right then--on the crutches."

"Well, goodness me! I can't see anything' ter be glad about--gettin' a pair of crutches when you wanted a doll!"

Pollyanna clapped her hands.

"There is--there is," she crowed. "But I couldn't see it, either, Nancy, at first," she added, with quick honesty. "Father had to tell it to me."

"Well, then, suppose you tell me," almost snapped Nancy.

"Goosey! Why, just be glad because you don't----need----'em!" exulted Pollyanna, triumphantly.

(Excerpted from "Pollyanna" by Eleanor H. Porter)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Greetings, Club Members (That's You!)

Dear Friends,

Here is a special place for you to share with others what you have to be thankful for. Sometimes we all need encouragement when things look dim, and it's refreshing to reflect upon the positive things in our life, Pollyanna style.

Feel free to leave a comment, stating anything that you would like to share with other members of our little club!

*Hayley Mills explains "The Glad Game" in Disney's 1960 version of Pollyanna*