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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

January 29, 2013

Okay, I know it is quite a shift from my last post, but does anyone else remember this children’s book?I didn’t remember it at all until today, but I had the phrase no good, very bad day running through my head over and over today, so I googled it to find out where it had come from.


From what I can remember, and from what I read online this evening, the theme of the story seems to be a little boy who gives a running commentary of the little stresses which occur throughout his day and add up to a day which feels terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad. And I don’t have those days very often, but sometimes they come out of nowhere and take the wind out of my sails. Today was one of those days. Nothing life shatteringly awful happened, but nothing seemed to go my way. It felt a bit like this:

“I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”


There really isn’t any point to this post, other than to continue the cartoon theme and reassure anyone who has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that you are not alone, and also perhaps to make myself feel a bit better by remembering that at least  I didn’t get gum in my hair.

I promise that I was able to hold onto the sentiment from the Winnie the Pooh favorite day  cartoon all day yesterday, and I hope all of you were able to hold onto it far longer than that.

Here’s hoping for a better tomorrow!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    January 29, 2013 7:58 pm

    No gum, but I certainly do have a vivid recollection of the time that you had the circular brush stuck in your hair! That was a very bad day but it did have a happy ending: we removed the brush and didn’t need to shave your head! Hope your day has a happy ending, too. And, don’t contemplate moving to Australia like Alexander does in the story!

    • January 29, 2013 9:37 pm

      Haha, thanks Mom!!! Yes, I have to say, I thought of when I got the brush stuck in my hair as soon as I read that too!

      • Heidi permalink
        January 30, 2013 7:51 am

        And I remember having gum stuck on my hair when we had the bubble gum blowing contest on your b-day.. and I had to get my hair cut shprter the next day..

        • February 10, 2013 3:13 pm

          Oh my goodness…I had forgotten about that! Maybe that wasn’t such a good birthday party game. 😉

  2. Amber permalink
    January 29, 2013 8:22 pm

    Sorry you had a bad day! Hope tomorrow is way better! Miss you!

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