Today is Friday.

Sometimes Fridays are awesome. They are the end of a long week and the first glimpse of a wacky weekend. And sometimes Fridays are exhausting. Perhaps the week has been long and difficult and the weekend is full of obligations or tragically empty of anything you look forward to doing. Impending holidays tend to push things to the extreme one way or the other – for me at least.

I have known both kinds of Fridays recently and I’m pretty sure that no matter what, I can always use a little boost of something. If it’s a great day, then maybe I’m just looking for that cherry on top — so to speak. And if it is a bad day, maybe the hint of a smile is as far as I can get. So in an effort to add a little smile to your day, I present you with a sneak peak of my upcoming alphabet book, Fruit is Fabulous! This is the C page (obviously).

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to show this to you. I’ve been working on it for a while — dragging my feet, picking them up, dancing them around, stomping, kicking, etc. And now I am almost…almost finished! Just maybe two more weeks and the digital book will be out and available on Amazonfor download on iphones, ipads, kindles, etc. So start saving your pennies.

Now, some of you may be thinking that some cheerful cherries aren’t quite enough to perk up your day, nor is the promise of one of the healthiest, silliest, fruitiest alphabet books around. (Rambutans are rambunctious!) And so for you, I also provide this little silly song called Eat a Bowl of Cherries performed by a Los Angeles group called Rhythm Child. If this doesn’t get you bopping and smiling, then I don’t know what will.

My daughter and I recently saw this group (a dad and his sons) perform at the San Diego Children’s Museum and ever since, my daughter requests this song in the car EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I promise I don’t force her to only listen to fruit music. Really. I swear.

The whole album, also called Eat a Bowl of Cherries can be found here and is full of fun folksy rhythm songs. Happy stuff. Highly recommended.