TODAY THE WORDS are BOBBLE HEADS. One day this week, one of my dear friends was asking if anyone had a bobble head of Elvis for a book signing event and while looking for one, I had such a delightful humorous thought. I think there are genuine bobble heads walking around in celebrity disguises or they appear as politicians while bobbling around the world imitating intelligent life. Do you know the history of bobble heads? According to Wikipedia: The earliest known reference to a bobblehead is thought to be in Nikolai Gogol‘s 1842 short story The Overcoat, in which the main character’s neck was described as “like the necks of plaster cats which wag their heads”. The modern bobblehead first appeared in the 1950s. By 1960, Major League Baseball had gotten in on the action and produced a series of papier-mâché bobblehead dolls, one for each team, all with the same cherubic face. The World Series held that year brought the first player-specific baseball bobbleheads, for Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Willie Mays, still all with the same face. Over the next decade, after a switch in materials from papier-mâché to ceramic, bobbleheads would be produced for other sports, as well as cartoon characters. One of the most famous bobbleheads of all time also hails from this era: The Beatles bobblehead set, which is a valuable collectible today. By the mid-1970s, though, the bobblehead craze was in the process of winding down. It would take a couple of decades before its popularity resurfaced. It is not the bobble head dolls which cause me concern, but what do we do about living bobble heads? You know who I am writing about without me having to call names. They make their appearances and expect everyone to be in awe of them and in reality, what is the true contribution to life? I see people who “have their heads on straight” who are the opposite of bobble heads. They help people; they are true friends; they love their families; they love God; they participate in life giving when they can give; they pray when asked or even pray when they are not asked but they see someone in need; and they respect their country; their employers or employees if they are the boss; and their neighbors. They may never see fame or fortune; they may live simple lives but if they are needed, they are the first in line to do whatever they can do. I want to call them Wonder Heads as they amaze me with their outreach and charity. In life may we try to do our best; may we help people the best way we can; may we wonder what we can do next to be the opposite of a “Bobble Head”. They may be cute or funny; they can break real easily and they don’t do anything memorable!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.(c) copyright 2013 Arline Lott Miller. The material here copyrighted, use only by permission.