Friday, July 3, 2009

Helen Keller

It was windy Sunday, so Max had planned to take the kids kite flying - the girls both got big fancy kites for Christmas, and we had yet to try them out. Yes, I am aware of the month.

I broke into song:

"Let's go fly a kite!
"Up to the highest heights!...

"What movie is that from?"

Max pondered a moment. "The Sound of Music?"

I huffed - because yes, I'm totally the musical theater aficionado (I know it's a movie. It's also a book).

[I detest musical theater. So much so that I have yet to see a dear friend - the one whom Nen calls Sly - who is tres accomplished locally in the field of MT, AND a delicious singer (I have heard her sing) - perform. I was just about to suck it up and go when she went off and had a family. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.]


"Diary of Anne Frank?"

"WHAT THE HELL? Yes, because she was all out there flying kites: 'yoo hoo! Look at me! Out here in the open! Flying a kite!'"

"Oh yeah. I guess she would have had trouble, being blind and all"


"She was deaf?"

"--- [sigh]

"You're thinking of Helen Keller. Did you even LIVE in North America in the late 20th century?"

"That's the one. There's that song: 'Do it like Helen Keller'. How does that go? 'Shake your hips...'*"

(The Boy runs in and jumps on the bed)

"Stop right there. I have NO idea what you're talking about, but I'm almost certain HE shouldn't hear it. Besides, it doesn't sound like it's about kite flying."

"Um...No... You know, I've actually even read 'Diary of Anne Frank'"

"Interesting. I haven't, and yet I seem to have picked up more from it than you did."

And then he left before taking another futile, yet thoroughly entertaining stab at the answer to the original question.

Any other thoroughly entertaining stabs anyone else would like to take? The only prize is public humiliation. Fortunately for you, the public is fairly limited, as the summer blog traffic lull seems to have hit Harmzie's Way a little early.

*Turns out that this IS an actual song and it's current and on the radio. It's very, very awful. Even ignoring all the intrinsically awful things about the song and the words and the message, it's just an annoying and bad song.

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  1. OMG. As soon as I saw your post title, the FIRST thing that came to my mind were *those* lyrics which are sick and twisted and kind of amusing all at the same time and first you hear them and you're like: that's just wrong. Then you hear them again and you're like: snort. Then you hear them again and you're like: Hush Girl. Shush your lips... and you're kind of singing loud and it's kind of horrifying and entertaining all at the same time.

    Also, as a non-Canadian, you could have told me that Canadian's celebrate Christmas in April and I probably would have believed you.

  2. Because at the age of thirt- twenty-nine, I am a dinosaur, I was forced to YouTube that video. Wow. It really sucks. Like, totally. sucks. It sucks so hard it has sucked any other adjective besides "sucks" out of my brain. Other than vapid. Wow. I'm.. dumber than I was four minutes ago. So thanks, for keeping me up to date on what the kids are listening to these days.

  3. Country Girl *I KNOW* This whole conversation, I was silently logging thinking "oh yeah, I'm *totally* blogging this" When Max sprung THAT (and, um, I'd never heard of it), I thought "CRAP!! Now what the hell am I supposed to do with this? This is a family-friendly blog!" (ok, except for all the "Fuck This" and "Kiss My Ass" that. You know what I mean). When I found it was an actual *song* that was *current* and I had actually heard it, just not logged the words, I thought "Yay! it's not MY fault the world is all fucked up and inappropriate!" So yeah. Total earworm.

    And yeah. The only thing different about Christmas in Canada is we do Boxing Day on the 26th. That's where, by tradition, everyone gets into the ring and straps on the gloves. If your age is 10% higher than your opponent, you get the first three shots in free. *LOADS* of fun. Come for Christmas! I'll let you borrow my mouth-guard.

    Stone Fox - every time you comment, my first reaction seems to always be "I love you". That's personally getting a little creepy, so I need another way to stal- um... contact you. You mentioned Twitter on your blog?

  4. you're singing "Mary Poppins??"

  5. OK, since I'm a teenager older than Stone Fox, I had to youtube the video as well. Wow. That was all kinds of horrible.

  6. Totally stuck on the Mary Poppins singalong, myself.