One Christmas, my sister Cindy handed out a bunch of tiny wrapped presents and told all of us NOT to open them until everybody had one of those lightweight gifts in our hands. I'll tell you what it was in a couple of seconds.
But first I want to relate what I got in the mail yesterday. I received my prize from winning The Writer's Digest first ever Script Notes Writing Contest. (For details – or if you are reading this blog for the first time, click HERE.) And when I opened my PRIZE, my first thought was not, – oh, look, my book – it was, Oh, Wow! Bubble Wrap!
Yes, that was what was inside those tiny gift-wrapped presents my sister handed out. It remains one of the most enjoyable memories in my life. Babies, teenagers, parents, and grandparents alike broke open those gifts and popped away as we laughed with joy over our new toy.
So what is it about bubble wrap that I love so much? Is it the empathy I feel for the air trapped inside the plastic? Is it the pleasure of pinching the bubble and hearing the pouf of air? Is it the popping sound of several bubbles exploding all at once that I so enjoy?
Whatever the reason, I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who will probably never read this blog: Chad Gervich for coming up with the contest idea, Writer's Digest for giving Chad Gervich the platform upon which he could present his contest, Larry Brody for agreeing to send me his book, Television Writing from the Inside Out, and Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, the inventors of Bubble Wrap for their ingenious idea.
Now to read the book so I can figure out how to bring my concept for the sitcom to the television screen. Or maybe I'll make it a movie...