The Prince is gone. Long live the Queen.
When last we visited Jeff Kent’s Neighborhood of Make Believe (5/3/08), Jeff had ridden through every village, middlesex and town in State Committee Land with the Royal proclamation that all loyal subjects must nominate “King Friday XIII” to protect America’s borders(!!!). In the Neighborhood of Make Believe, you see, the borders are protected by pretending they don’t exist. (Read about it here. )
It all began after the sudden, surprise resignation of Prince Kirby Tuesday. Prince Kirby had sold all his belongings and clothes and vacated the top spot in the Neighborhood Castle so that he could be shot into outer space,
Princess Luanne Van Wednesday, who had been elected Vice Monarch in January, was only supposed to take over temporarily. But Princess Luanne really wanted to be elected Queen permanently so she could rule from the castle. Her problem was she didn’t know if she could win the election or not – and didn’t want to give up being Princess if she should lose. The Laws of the Kingdom say there cannot be two kings or two queens. So, unless she gave up her spot as Princess, her subjects had to elect a king to replace Kirby. Ick! Only a few neighbors wanted Daniel Two-stripe Tiger or C. “Clarkchange” S. Pecially to become king.
And, as it happens, Princess Van Wednesday’s chief rival to become Chief Execuking was Lady Susan Fairchilde, who was famous for running Media-Go-Round before the Frogs took it over. Everyone knew that Lady Fairchilde would bring lots of gold and treasure to the castle. And although many wanted no change in the approach that had been bringing such Make Believe success and felt most comfortable with Princess Van Wednesday, others felt that if they had to have any change that it should be more riches. “What,” thought Luanne, “if they elected Lady Fairchilde and followed the Law of the Kingdom?” She knew that it would mean either Daniel Two-stripe Tiger or C. “Clarkchange” S. Pecially would replace her as Vice Monarch…
Something had to be done.
That is when Queen Luanne Van Wednesday gratefully learned why they call it “Mr. Kent’s Neighborhood.”
When the big day arrived, Sir Jeffrey handled everything. He completely took over the election meeting and made it a beautiful day in the neighborhood… by calling on the Legal Wizard.
The Legal Wizard is a powerful avatar of Jeff Kent’s Neighborhood of Make Believe. The Wizard can do wondrous things… like control the political climate, turn the entire Neighborhood upside down, and remove impossible barriers of law… all while remaining both invisible and nameless.
Mr. Kent explained that the Legal Wizard had made the Laws of the Kingdom disappear! No one in the Neighborhood of Make Believe had to follow them anymore! The Wizard, by waving his wand, simply “considered” them Unconstitutional – without so much as citing a case, appearing in court or writing an opinion.
And the Neighborhood bylaws? Mr. Kent handled THOSE all by himself.
“Organizations go in and out of compliance all the time,” explained Mr. Kent, “It’s just a normal part of a business or organization.” Don’t let it worry your pretty little heads. Your thoughts and feelings are only your own. You get to choose if you share them with anyone. It’s just a good feeling to know you’re alive.
And so we have two queens… by the magic of the invisible Wizard… and Mr. Kent’s comforting singing voice.
It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would she be mine?
Could they BOTH be mine?