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Keep Hoping Machine Running ([personal profile] thefourthvine) wrote2013-04-16 11:56 am

[Earthling] Pigeon Petition

The earthling is four, and he's loved the Pigeon for half his life. This is an enduring love, is what I'm saying. And during all that time, he's believed that Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is a basically unfair book. The Pigeon should get to drive the bus, is his feeling. It's not like there are any good reasons why not, beyond what a bus driver who didn't even stick around to drive his own bus wants.

But recently we bought the earthling the Pigeon app, and that has taken his Pigeon-bus anguish to new heights. You can change a lot of things about the story in the app, but you can't change the one thing the earthling desperately wants to. No matter what, you have to keep telling the Pigeon no.

I can only conclude that this strikes the earthling as terribly, fundamentally wrong. He's complained to us. He's protested to the app. Every time he plays the app, he gets his stuffed Pigeon out and lets him drive all the cars and trucks he owns, carefully playing through his ideal scenario, which goes like this:

"Can I drive the car transporter?" Pigeon says.

"Yes, you can. I'll help you."

"I'm so happy! This is the best day ever. I'm driving the car transporter!" Pigeon says.

This is an actual transcription, word-for-word, of one of his recent rounds of Pigeon Gets to Drive the Things. (Including the dialogue tags, because the earthling knows you have to specify who's talking.)

So it was against this background of extreme concern over rampant Pigeon-related injustice that I uttered the word "petition" to the earthling yesterday.

"What's petition?" he asked.

I tried to explain. "A petition is a letter you write to someone, asking for something you think should happen. And you sign it, and other people who agree with you sign it, and it's a way of showing that lots of people feel this way."

"Oh," he said, thinking. "Can we write a petition?"

"You have to have a thing you want to happen," I told him. "Like better lunches at school."

"Or the Pigeon to drive the bus?" he asked. I agreed that that is a thing you could write a petition about. "Let's do that," he said.

"But you need a reason," I said. "A good reason why the Pigeon should drive the bus."

"It will make him happy," he said. He thought some more. "He keeps asking and no one ever says yes. You have to say no even if you want yes."

"Any more?" I asked.

He thought some more. "It makes me sad to see him always get said no," he told me.

"You mean you'd rather see him get what he's dreamed of and worked for?" I asked, interpreting some.

"YES," the earthling said.

Those are perfectly good reasons, in my opinion. So, yeah, I made a petition for the earthling. And I'm asking you to sign it. Tell your friends, tell your family: we want the Pigeon to ride the bus. He's been asking for ten years and no one has EVER said yes. It's time to figure out how to make it happen.

Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

(Note: You can sign from anywhere in the world. You don't have to be in the US.)
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[personal profile] snacky 2013-04-16 07:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Aw, I needed this today. I will create an account when I get home from work, and add my name to the pigeon supporters!
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[personal profile] zulu 2013-04-16 07:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you have to be American to sign a White House petition?

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[personal profile] giglet 2013-04-16 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmm. At least part of the problem would be adapting the controls of the bus so the pigeon can drive it safely. Luckily, there are a number do adaptive devices for cars like this.

And then there is the legal issue: does the pigeon have the right license to drive the bus? If not, would driving on a private course satisfy him?
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[personal profile] devohoneybee 2013-04-16 07:13 pm (UTC)(link)
signed! though... *is this something the White House, per se, can actually effect?*

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[personal profile] kass 2013-04-16 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I love this SO MUCH.
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[personal profile] teaotter 2013-04-16 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm in. I remember how happy it made me, to find out that they'd finally let Snuffaluffagus (on Sesame Street) be seen and have friends.
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[personal profile] dine 2013-04-16 07:22 pm (UTC)(link)
done! the Pigeon definitely deserves to drive the bus; here's hoping lots and lots of people sign the petition and we can make it happen *g*

is it ok if I link to this, to possibly garner more signatures?
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[personal profile] adonnchaid 2013-04-16 07:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I signed and tweeted it and posted it to facebook :)

Another great petition site is:
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[personal profile] ratcreature 2013-04-16 07:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think I can petition your government, what with me not being American. Though after this compelling argument by Earthling I'm also inclined to let Pigeon drive the bus, despite not being familiar with the book. (After you last talked about them I even looked it up to see whether there was a translation because I thought they might be a nice gift for my nieces, but there is none into German, as far as I can tell.)

Though the fanfic solution would probably be easier. Couldn't you just draw Pigeon how he drives the bus in the style of the book accompanied by the text Earthling wants?
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[personal profile] mindyfromohio 2013-04-16 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I too have always felt bad for the Pigeon but never thought to DO anything about it. The Earthling is a genius! (Make sure he uses his powers for Good?) (I bet his next one is about perfect delicious fruits and vegetables for everyone and Michelle gets behind him.)
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[personal profile] oriolegirl 2013-04-16 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Signed and retweeted. Go Pigeon!
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2013-04-16 08:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Signed!! The pigeon should drive. :)
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[personal profile] minxy 2013-04-16 08:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Happy to lend my support! Such well-reasoned and well-meaning arguments absolutely should be the impetus for change.

Way to raise an interesting kid, TFV.
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[personal profile] reginagiraffe 2013-04-16 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
I didn't create a WH Petition account for any of the very worthwhile things my various friends have asked me to sign.

But for this? I will make an account.

And now that I have an account, I will sign all those other worthwhile things. Tell the Earthling that he is making the world a better place, even more than he knows. :D
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[personal profile] ladyvyola 2013-04-16 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
I am concerned. Is the Pigeon licensed in this jurisdiction? Does he have a commercial endorsement? Is he even old enough to drive? Can he see over the steering column? How will he handle the brakes?

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[personal profile] malnpudl 2013-04-16 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm thinking this is going to be a Yuletide fandom this year.
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[personal profile] elynross 2013-04-16 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, it already has been. *g*

ETA: Unless you mean the pigeon and the Earthling and the petition, which...hmmm.
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[personal profile] cinco 2013-04-16 09:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Somehow I am sure that if Earthling had been born 20 or 30 years earlier, he would have had very strong feelings about the plight of the Trix rabbit. ♥

Signed, of course, and hello to all the other Marylanders! 6/55 seems impressive.
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[personal profile] megaptera 2013-04-16 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
You should write some fan mail to Mr. Willems and tell him about this.

Note that there is much fan art of the Pigeon not being allowed to do things. Don't let the Pigeon have gum. Don't let the Pigeon read two books. (?) Don't let the Pigeon be Batman. I think there needs to be a dissenting opinion sent right there to his blog.
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[personal profile] blueraccoon 2013-04-16 10:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I signed! Also, in amusing notes, my husband--who is not fannish--IMed me today with a link to this petition, calling it "best petition in ages". I had to explain to him that yes, I knew about it and where it originated, which he thought was also pretty awesome.
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[personal profile] tygermama 2013-04-16 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
In honour of Earthling's passion for his cause and in memory of my past Trix Rabbit angst (and the fight I got into with my mom when I told her about how unfair I thought it was and then she laughed and I thought she was laughing at me, and the Rabbit's pain), I signed this petition.
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[personal profile] feanna 2013-04-16 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, I got to be number 100! I feel so cool now!

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Alas, I cannot sign because the website says it's been removed! But I would gladly sign if it were reincarnated on another site.
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[personal profile] wordweaverlynn 2013-04-17 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
Me too.

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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2013-04-17 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
Aww, it's been removed.
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[personal profile] centuryplant 2013-04-17 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
I think we need a "let the "Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" petition be a petition" petition.
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[personal profile] schemingreader 2013-04-17 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
The petition idea is great, but I think you need to petition Mo Willems and not the president. The president is not the boss of Mo Willems. The government can't make him draw what we want. This is a good thing for the Earthling to learn--that we're all free to make the art we want. This may soften the blow of having the petition taken down.

I love the Earthling so much.
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[personal profile] resonant 2013-04-17 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
Introduction To First Amendment Politics, followed by Introduction To Publishing.

Eventually to result in the solution that the rest of us favor when our favorite pigeons don't get to drive buses: Introduction To Fanfiction.

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