Gumby and Pokey may not be the smartest lumps of clay on the block (watch them on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean), but they are well-intentioned little guys. Maybe we could learn something from the Gumby outlook on life. Gumbyworld.com lists some of Gumby’s best qualities, stating that he is good-hearted, flexible and adventurous. Let’s take a closer look:
Gumby is good-hearted. Despite the continual mishaps that befall Gumby and his friends at the hands of their tormentors, the Blockheads, Gumby doesn’t wish the Blockheads ill. He doesn’t even really seem upset (again, maybe not the sharpest crayon in the box). He just seems to look for the best in people – or fellow clay creatures, to be more precise.
Gumby is flexible. As an owner of a bendable Gumby toy, I can attest to this one. The wires inside his rubbery body allow Gumby to take on any number of poses. But on a less literal note, Gumby seems to have a pretty optimistic outlook on life and takes things as they come. When the shower gets too hot and he melts down into the drain, for example, he just pops back out at the kitchen sink with nary a backward glance. He even apologizes to his mother for her worry before he proceeds to his breakfast of oatmeal and carob drink.
Gumby is adventurous. Gumbyworld.com tells us that Gumby can “walk into any book, (or computer, cell phone… oven or mirror) to enter another dimension of time and place.” (I can’t attest to the cell phone part; in one Gumby clip I watched on YouTube they were still listening to music on a reel-to-reel tape player.) Maybe we can’t quite emulate Gumby on the whole walking into books maneuver, but we can still be willing to venture into uncharted territory once in a while.
As one of Gumby’s friends said, “If you’re going to be a famous pianist you need a candelabra.” (Spellchecker is telling me that “candelabra” is plural. Whatever.) Since my piano is holding a Gumby toy instead of a candelabrum – or two – you can probably ascertain that I am not a famous pianist.
The point of all this is that if a lump of green clay can be so cool, maybe we can too. Wait, was that the point? Maybe I just like Gumby and was looking for an excuse to do “research” on YouTube. We can’t be philosophers every day.
Anyway, here’s to the wiry green guy.