G and real_pochacco saw their moth­er and her fam­i­ly this past week­end and had their Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with them. G came home loaded with presents—R most­ly got cash (which he pre­ferred any­way). G is a MAJOR San­rio fan, and in fact, any­thing Japan­ese just toasts her bread.

Well, there’s this “White/Orange Sto­ry” stuff that’s Kore­an and looks like a San­rio wannabe brand. She LOVES it. She got bunch­es of it, sta­tionery and such. and there’s a lit­tle diary/notebook thing with pic­tures and say­ings on the edges of the pages. I’ll have to just assume that the say­ings make sense in Chi­nese and they had sucky trans­la­tors, but this is TERRIBLE. Some things have to be typos—they can’t be trans­la­tion errors.

“Alwasys remem­ber our friend­ship. Alwasys remem­ber love­ly White.”
Alwasys? Sounds like a hard­ware company.

The pup­py clouds in the sky, the chirp­ing birds and the smilling flow­ers are as hap­py as I am!”
Watch those pup­py clouds and smilling flow­ers, y’all!

“Her heart is as pure as the dri­ve snow She wants us all to Know that our dreams” Are what?
Sen­tence fragments?

“You are best friend…”

“We have no oblig­a­tions towards life. Our only oblig­a­tion is hap­pi­ness.” Okay, it isn’t gram­mat­i­cal­ly wrong. But as a phi­los­o­phy, it’s down­right stu­pid and dan­ger­ous. And of course, it’s the one that’s repeat­ed the most times.

Do any oth­er adults ever read this stuff? I haven’t ever thought to read it BEFORE a kid bought it, and I don’t know that I’ve ever looked at the San­rio stuff very close­ly. I’m tempt­ed to go through and red-line it, but I’m set­tling for point­ing out the prop­er spellings and so on to G for now.

Cur­rent Mood: predatory
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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