If Rumpelstiltskin could make it as a classic, maybe there is hope for some of these. It seems to me to be about some of the worst of modern life. I am reminded of that ghastly story this time each year as the time to send my year old dog away to service dog school approaches. I guess as time for my friends' dog to go away came in 1999, I wrote up this: What is Bill Clinton's favorite children's story? Which one did his mother get sick of reading again and again? George Washington and the Cherry tree? That isn't even funny. The Pied Piper? Skinflint villagers suffer when they fail to carry out their side of a bargain. Also don't get mad; get even. No. Stone soup? I am disturbed at the trickery at first, but it is about sharing. No. The little red hen that plants the wheat and feeds her chicks bread? That is about earning you and your children's keep and enjoying the fruits of your labor. No. The Beauty and the Beast? He learns to control himself as true love blossoms. Also not judging by appearances. No. King Midas? He shows remorse and renounces greed, and his daughter is restored to him. No. All of these stories have good, positive messages. His mother must have skipped them. Rumpelstiltskin? Aha! It begins with the miller's false bragging which brings his daughter to the attention of a greedy tyrant. She is forced to marry him, but is still left needing to live up to her father's impossible lies. She is temporary saved by making a very harsh bargain. Her first born for spinning straw into gold. In the end, she manages to weasel out of the deal. Her rescuer goes away empty handed. This must be the story that little Billy loved. I remembered Rumpelstiltskin and what a crummy story it is again as the time came for our friend to take her puppy, Princess, to school. She is a year old now and it is time for her dog guide training. Giving them up is always hard. I am disappointed how little we were able to have Prince and Princess together. Susan, who suggested we should have Prince to go with Princess, never got to see them together. Perhaps second to "How can you give it up? is "What happens if you don't?" My answer to the second is "It doesn't make any difference, I said I would, and I will." But then I will never be president. Maybe I should find a copy of Rumpelstiltskin and read it before I condemn it so harshly. As I remember it is about lying, greed, cheating, and scheming. It is OK to cheat ugly little men and other inferiors. Those aren't the values I taught my children. Clinton is gone, and if nobody that voted to acquit him for lying under oath was currently running for president, I wouldn't have dug this up. What somebody has done in their current term is more important to my vote than what they did 30 years ago, or even misdeeds of others in their party.