I happen to know Mr. Toad.
You know, the one from "the Wind in the Willows".
I have to say that he is not conceited at all, even though Kenneth Graham thought that it would be fun to paint him with that beloved black brush. He is confident because he really truly is a genius. Nothing seems to be beyond the scope of his interests or expertise. Whatever he does, he loves and does wholeheartedly. True, when he finds a new passion, he's madly focused ~ intent, even. He thinks about his new venture as an adventure. His enthusiasm is completely contagious. He's actually infected many others with a deep love of these same pursuits ~ influencing and changing their lives. This is because, he is eager to share and an earnest teacher.
Indeed, his home is Toad Hall, by the river. He has never been in a deep dungeon with metal bars and a rusty key for the lock. His purchase of his red motor car was clearly on the up and up. He is, also, dear friends with Badger, mole and the water rat, as I know full well!
It is true, Toady is ardent, ebullient and exuberant!
He is keen, passionate, rhapsodic!
He is zealous and, well, yes ~ a tad obsessed and fanatical!
Don't we all love to live life this wholeheartedly?
To be absorbed, engrossed, passionate, yeah, even preoccupied!
But what is this???
Oh, my! Could it be?
It is LOVE and wonderment!!!
A new mania!!!
.....hmmm, I'd best get rid of these weeds!
Happy Father's Day, Mr. Toad!
Love, Moley and Rat!
*Illustration by Inga Moore
Yes, I know, I know...... I should be the one to talk.......