Being Mr. Grumpy

A couple of months ago, when the boy was feeling particularly bored during a rainstorm, I discovered much to my delight that a Mr. Men cartoon had been created back in 2008. The characters had been updated a little bit for the times, but many of the fun Mr. Men and Little Miss personalities were present and interacting with each other as one would expect from a tight-knit community. In no time at all we had both enjoyed all four episode compilations on YouTube plus some loose shows that hadn't been grouped just yet. As someone who grew up reading the books, seeing them animated and silly was more than a treat. For the longest time, I had guessed that if I were to be one of the characters, I'd likely be Mr. Silly, Mr. Busy, or perhaps Mr. Quiet. However, after seeing them interact, there's no doubt in my mind that the one that closest resembles my personality is Mr. Grumpy.

Mr Grumpy

As his name suggests, Mr. Grumpy is generally grumpy, ill tempered, irritable, grouchy, cranky, and often complaining. Looking at many of the posts I've written on this site over the years — not to mention the "Sent" folder in my email client — it's not that hard to see the similarities.

This isn't cool. I like watching Mr. Grumpy as a cartoon character because his incredibly direct language and predictable reactions are quite comical. However, I don't want to be a caricature of an angry blue rectangle, nor do I want that rectangle to be a caricature of me.

I really must do better to calm down and speak a little more thoughtfully.