The Missing Piece Meets the Big O
The missing piece sat alone
waiting for someone
to come along
and take it somewhere....
The different ones it encounters - and what it discovers in its helplessness - are portrayed with simplicity and compassion in the words and drawings of Shel Silverstein.
The Missing Piece is a children’s picture book by poet Shel Silverstein. First publication date
1976. The story centers on a circular animal-like creature that is missing a wedge-shaped piece of itself. It doesn’t like this, and sets out to find its missing piece, singing:
Oh, I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go
lookin' for my missin' piece
It starts out on a grand adventure searching for the perfect ...more
But understand a few things: 1. Self pity is not attractive. 2. Being alone is not shameful. Being alone with your thoughts is one of the hardest things you will have to learn in life. 3. You cannot expect from other people to fill your empty holes. 4. Don't be a human parasite ivy or a mistletoe. 5. Be prepared to ...more
English review at the bottom
"- I didn't know you were going to grow
- I didn't know either"
¿Cómo es que una historia tan pequeña puede tener tanta sabiduría?
"The missing piece" nos habla acerca de las relaciones (amistades, pero principalmente amorosas) y ante todo trata de independencia y autoestima (no como concepto, sino como actitud) y de cómo estar faltos de ambas cosas puede lastimarnos. De como la desesperación puede hacer que las cosas sean más dificil y de como, muchas veces, podem ...more
The missing piece sat alone...
waiting for someone
to come along
and take it somewhere.
It was the same with this little book. It was a nice day in Kerkyra a few weeks ago. Me and a couple of newly-met friends wanted to go somewhere for a "coffee" (raki with honey as ...more
Correctly or not, I imagined "the missing piece" to be female. After being dropped in the previous story, the piece sits around waiting to be picked up and made whole again. However, all of the shapes who roll by just aren't right. Women will no doubt laugh ...more
“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.” - Alexandre Dumas
Case in point.
True love does not complete us. It does not fit perfectly like two puzzle pieces. It holds us up, we grow together, we love, we make each other stronger, better, more loving individuals. We are equals. We become a "we" that love fully.
HarperCollins Publishers, 1981
Summary: The titular “missing piece,” a triangular wedge rendered in black-and-white drawings, is searching for something it can fit into and travel with. The piece tries to attract the attention of others in many ways, such as by making a spectacle of itself and by trying to make itself look more attractive to passerby. It eventually finds an almost-whole that it thinks it can fit into, but eventually it grows and su ...more
I loved this message meant for kids and adults alike!
“I was hoping that perhaps I could roll with you..." "You cannot roll with me," said the Big O, "but perhaps you can roll by yourself.”
'The missing piece tries to make itself more att ...more
I'm reading this in a café with tears in my eyes (hoping I'm not being too obvious).
This story will always be beautiful to me.