Thursday, April 1, 2010
After the Popeye hour ended, the familiar strains of "A Mighty Fortress is our God" could be heard, signaling the start of the upcoming program, Davey and Goliath.
Davey and Goliath was a Christian program for children featuring old-school, low budget, stop-animation. It's been a very long time since I've seen this show, so bear with me as I try to re-create it for you. The title characters included young Davey Hansen and his trusty canine companion, Goliath. Goliath, who served as Davey's conscience, could actually speak, but only Davey could hear him. Whenever Davey misbehaved, Goliath would respond in his low, bass voice, "Oh, Da-vey!!"
For instance, there was an episode involving a big festival in the local park, and the first few children to arrive would all receive a free BALLOON!! (Yes, these were simpler times!) Davey was very excited and left his house early in order to claim his precious, helium-filled prize. But on the way, he happens upon a little girl who has fallen while riding in her wagon and has hurt herself. Even though he is close enough to the park to hear the other children's delighted squeals (and balloon-receiving festivities), Davey chooses to skip the park and instead spends the afternoon helping the little girl find her way home.
At the conclusion of BOTH of these episodes, Davey proclaims that doing these good deeds felt GREAT!! WAY better than performing in the pageant or receiving a silly balloon. I admired Davey for doing the obvious "right thing," but my six year old brain had a hard time believing I would give up the chance to receive a free balloon (a frigging BALLOON for crying out loud!), and my already-evolving inner-show biz diva would NEVER have passed on an opportunity to shine at a Christmas pageant! How, I pondered, did Davey DO it?!
The special begins with Davey visiting his grandmother. It's just a few days before Easter so he helps her bake a cake, and together they decorate it with icing chicks and bunnies. Davey, of course, wants a piece as soon as they're finished, but Grandma laughs and insists they must wait for Easter Dinner. "After dinner, I promise I'll cut you the biggest slice," she says.
Then they both traipse up to her attic. It's filled with wonderful treasures - an old gramophone in which she places a record, winds it up and they giggle and dance along to an old-timey song. In the corner sits a beat-up rocking horse. "After Easter," she promises, "we'll bring that old horse downstairs and give him a nice new coat of paint!" Davey is excited!
Davey, now weeping, cries, "No we WON'T!! You're GONE! I'll never see you again, EVER!!"
Now, of course, by the end of the episode, Davey attends an Easter service and learns that he'll be with his precious grandma again someday, in heaven. He's smiling and happy. The End. Except that my little five year old heart didn't get that last, happy part. It was still stuck back on that cake, sitting on the counter, and the rocking horse that they would never refurbish together.
But at Easter, I don't decorate. I don't dye eggs. No chocolate bunnies. I'm just not feeling it. Don't get me wrong, I whole-heartedly celebrate the religious implications of Easter Sunday, and I rejoice and sing my "Hallelujahs" over our risen Savior with the rest of my Christian brethren. But the bunnies, chicks, and Easter baskets? Not so much. I blame that stupid Hansen kid. Oh, Davey...
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