Shirley Temple: Spunky And Optimistic

Shirley Temple and Black Cat, Halloween 1935

Cynthia is tap dancing in the kitchen and singing On The Good Ship Lollipop. Very loudly and very badly.

Marcy is trying to nap.

Cynthia:  I remember watching old Shirley Temple movies over at my Gram and Grandad’s house when I was a little kid. On their old black and white TV.  I found her enthralling. I wanted to tap dance and jump around just like her. And live my life onstage.

CNN stated perfectly what I love so much about Shirley. She was “spunky and optimistic”. Two traits I admire so much in people and two traits that I am constantly trying to cultivate in myself.

I do not even find myself sad at her passing yesterday. She created a wonderful life for herself, lived a long life, and declared that she had no regrets. What do you think, Marcy?

Marcy:  I regret that my sunspot is in the kitchen this morning. Your clomping and wailing around is hurting my eardrums.

Cynthia:  Marcy! That’s called entertainment.

Marcy:  When Shirley does it, it’s called entertainment. When you do it, it’s called torment.

Cynthia:  Okay. I’ll stop for a minute. Shall we?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  RIP Shirley Temple. Cheers to attacking life with spunk and optimism and doing so while smiling and tap dancing.


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  • Reply Lisa - respect the shoes February 12, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I'm sorry she passed – what a talent!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Lisa!

      It's interesting that she will be immortalized as a child – even though she had a successful political career too.


  • Reply Gwen February 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    She was such a cool lady – I didn't even know she went on to be a diplomat, let alone Chief of Protocol, how amazing is that!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Gwen!

      She did really well for herself. Especially since her acting career was essentially over once she hit puberty. No wonder so many child actors go nuts.


  • Reply Anonymous February 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Here, here! And here, here kitty 😉 What a great pic too, you always find the coolest pictures Marcy!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      thank you. i have mad kitty skills and an addiction to pinterest.

  • Reply GnomeLover February 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I was so sad to learn that she passed. I remember researching her a few years ago and I was amazed that she did so much with her life. She was what you never hear about children stars, just an amazing human being.

    Thanks for remembering her Cynthia. I think she made so many people smile over the years.


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 13, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Oh yes – I don't think you can think of her without smiling!

  • Reply Merrie K. February 13, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I know…Shirley Temple was such a cutie pie and how can a tap dancing kid not be adorable? I'll lift my friskies can to her too…she had a great life!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 13, 2014 at 6:58 am

      I want to take tap dancing lessons again! Do you think they would let a grown woman in the kiddie class?! lol

  • Reply Merrie K. February 13, 2014 at 2:30 am

    since you have "mad kitty skillz", you could be a "mad catter" LOL (ok, i'll stop 🙂 )

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

      ooohhhhh…. good one, Merrie! i am going to be the "mad catter" from now on. i mean – i am always mad about something or other anyway!

  • Reply Whimsical Preppy February 20, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I love this picture of Shirley Temple. It's refreshing that she and Jodie Foster seemed to have survived the child star problem that plagues so many. Alyssa Milano is another success story. It sounds like she lived her life very well.


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      I know what you mean. There's hope in that. This was the only photo I could find of Shirley Temple with a cat. I am glad it was a good one!

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