Illustrator William Steig was the creator of Pitiful Pearl.
In the 1950s, Pitiful Pearl left the page and became a popular doll.
For as long as I can remember, I associated her with this song from the 1940s:
I'M A LONELY LITTLE PETUNIA IN AN ONION PATCH
Of all the saddest words
That I have ever heard
The saddest is the story
Told me by a bird
He had spent about an hour
Chatting with a flower
and here ís the tale the flower told
I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch,
an onion patch, an onion patch
I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch
and all I do is cry all day
Boo hoo, boo hoo.
Listen at :
I relate to poor Pearl for in the last year or so I have had quite a few lonely, boo hoo days.
Since I have been dealing with multiple health issues, those days have increased.
Chronic illness can take the stuffin' right out of you: little or no energy, no stamina,
fatigue and whatever symptoms are causing your limitations, including pain.
I came up with a way that helps me get out of the onion patch. It allows me to be that
lovely petunia, who is able to say, "Be gone, Pitiful Pearl!"
The next post I'll share my Pity Party Bashers