Le Guide du Mauvais Père (4)

Guide_du_mauvais_pere_4-covToujours aussi parentalement incorrect, Guy Delisle retrouve son rôle préféré : meilleur (mauvais) papa du monde ! Sa recette : une bonne dose de mauvaise foi, des colères importunes, un tas de gamineries et surtout BEAUCOUP d’humour !

Défier son fils aux jeux vidéo quand il travaille, oublier sa fille dans un magasin et lui faire croire le contraire, parler à ses enfants de sa vie merveilleuse d’étudiant… quand ils n’existaient pas… Guy Delisle, un mauvais père ? Non, un auteur de bande dessinée qui sait puiser l’imagination là où elle se trouve, avec un sens aigu de l’observation et une bonne dose d’autodérision.

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Guy Delisle nous fait encore rigoler avec son alter-égo qui représente le summum du mauvais parent: distrait, égocentrique et enfantin. Il s’agit de quatorze petites histoires d’en moyenne un douzaine de pages chacune (entre dix et dix-huit pages): Coup de blues, La dent III, La signature, Au magasin, Compétition, Sortie scolaire, Le jeu, Une histoire, Les invités, Savoir résister, Le test, Un petit film, Le placard, Tunnel of life.

Somme toute c’est quand même très similaire aux trois premier volumes. Je suppose qu’il y a une limite à étirer la sauce avec toujours le même genre d’histoires inspirées de son quotidien. C’est pourquoi ce quatrième volume sera sans doute le dernier. Dans la dernière histoire, Tunnel of Life, le père s’amuse bien avec les enfants dans un parc d’attraction mais se rend compte soudainement que ceux-ci ont grandit (Alice a maintenant 11 ans et Louis 14 ans) et n’ont plus autant le goût du jeu…

À travers cette série (et la plupart de son oeuvre) Delisle réussit le tour de force de raconter des histoires complexe et riches en émotions de façon très succincte et avec un trait de crayon très simple. C’est un livre amusant (et terrifiant à la fois) mais, avec en moyenne deux dessins par page, cela se lit plutôt vite. C’est tout de même une bonne lecture, légère, pour le transport en commun ou la salle d’attente.

Le Guide du Mauvais Père 4, par Guy Delisle. Paris, Éditions Delcourt (Coll. Shampooing), juin 2018. 18 x 13 x 1.75 cm, 192 pg., 9,95 € / $15.95 Can. ISBN: 978-2-413-00280-2. Recommandé pour public adolescent (12+). stars-3-0

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Mystery solved!

I used my sherlockian power again! This time not to identify, locate and defeat a sunflower thief, but rather to identify a mystery flower. Last year we came upon this strange flower in the park and we were unable find out which genus or species it belong to and I was quite flustered by that.

Last year’s pictures

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This year’s pictures

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Last year, the plant we found was more developed and mature. This year, it is a little earlier in the fall, so it is at a younger stage of its development. However, it is clearly the same plant, with several stages of flower on top of each other, tubular flowers (undeveloped this year) and long lance-like reddish leaves.

Today, thanks to the Reader’s Digest A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (I tried before with various other books like Daigle’s Les fleurs Sauvages du Québec or Parent’s Fleurs des champs du Québec et des Maritimes, without success), I was able to find enough clues to establish that the mystery plant that eluded identification for nearly a year was… the Monarda Punctata, also known as the spotted beebalm or horsemint.

It is from the family of the Lamiaceae (to which many herbs like mint belong) and it seems that at least one of its sub-species (Monarda punctata var. villicaulis  / Monarde ponctuée à tige velue) is  pretty rare in Quebec (see also this study, in French). There are several variety of Monarda in Quebec (like the Monarda fistulosa / wild bergamot or the Monarda didyma / Crimson beebalm) but, after comparing plenty of pictures, I am pretty sure that my mystery plant is one of the two varieties (var. punctata or var. villicaulis) of the Monarda punctata.

Mystery solved!

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A walk in the park in late September

Today was the time to relax. In the morning, I read a pile of couple of weeks-old newspapers (mostly The Gazette) while listening to smooth jazz on the internet. Then, in early afternoon, I went for a walk in the park with my lovely wife. It was a beautiful day of late September!

The deep blue sky was dotted by luminous clouds. There was still plenty of colours in the field and a great variety of flowers: a few Sweet William, many Asters and Sunflowers, Thistle and Chicory, those tall Dandelions like in spring, some Mint and plenty others that I couldn’t put a name on. It was full of life as grasshoppers and crickets were jumping all over in front of our steps, bees and bumblebees buzzing in the air, as well as blue and orange butterflies dancing around in the wind. We also saw a dead rat, a murder of crows and even a flight of Canadian geese flying high toward warmer skies in the south. A great day — even if we could smell in the air that rain would come later…

I took many pictures. Unfortunately no camera could render the richness of details that the human eye can capture. And the memory is fleeting. We have no choice but to rely of those imperfect pieces of frozen time to remind ourselves of this moment: the blue sky, the green grass and yellow flowers…

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About reading

Each time I see a new book I am taken by the deep desire to read it. However, if I try, I find out that I often don’t have the energy or the attention span to do so anymore. Why reading has gotten so hard? Is it because of age? The fact that I have less energy now? Or that having such a large field of interests makes me too busy (or being too spread out) and I have difficulty adding more activity to my schedule? So many books, so little time!

Reading is extremely rewarding but it is also very time consuming. So, I guess I am losing patience after a while, taking the lazy path of watching TV instead. Also, if I am reading, I am not writing about books. And if I am writing about some books, I can’t read other books. I really have to work that out and find the strength and patience to keep reading. There is so much wealth and experience and pleasure in each story! How can I be so weak that I find myself passing on this?

As I often say, I cannot wait to retire and have more time to read. I don’t understand how people can have a job, kids or pets, go out, travel, go run a marathon or train and still have time to read books (without burning out, of course) ! My house (and the world!) is filled with marvellous books waiting for me to appreciate, discover and love them! Well, there’s only 3158 days left before I am liberated from my obligation to work productively for society. Maybe sooner if I manage my stuff well (or if I am lucky). I just need to be a little more patient. And maybe read a book to spend the time…

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