Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road

During my morning jog today, two things crossed my path...well I actually was the one crossing the path as both things were stationary.

The first thing was a dead squirrel on the side of the road. Seeing the squirrel brought to mind a song I heard recently.

On a visit to the home of an "older" couple, in part to entertain the children (and the adults), the gentlemen of the house played us some RECORDS on his old record player. Don't know if my kids have ever seen a real record player before (oh so deprived!) so I'm sure they were intrigued.

I am of the record player generation. We had a big old one - guess it was "portable" - that is if you didn't mind lugging around a piece of equipment the size and weight of a large microwave. It was kind of a brown/beige mixed tweed color.

"Archie's here - Veronica too. Betty's here and Hotdog too! Now everythings Archie!" Those are the lyrics from one of the records I remember us playing as kids. I remember a portion of only one other song "Uh sugar, sugar, uh honey, honey, I will be your candy girl..." hmmm not sure what that all means. Surely we didn't just have 2 records in our home but that's all I remember.

Anywhoo back to the record playing recently - one of the songs they played for us was "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road". I was vaguely familiar with that song...or had at least heard the title before...but this night we actually got to hear the whole song. The kids loved it - and so did we. Here is a version on YouTube you can listen to if you like. It's animated so no real animals were harmed in the filming of it :) so any animal activists can look elsewhere for trouble.

Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road

Crossin' the highway late last night
He shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right
He didn't see the station wagon car
The skunk got squashed and there you are!

The other item I came across during my jog was some money. Now we all know how common it is to come across a penny. My kids do pick them up - so it's fine for you to leave them behind - it makes them happy. Finding a quarter is pretty exciting. But I found a $1.00 bill! Now you find a penny and you need at least 25 of them to buy a candy or two - but find a dollar and you are no longer limited in your purchase. A chocolate bar. A slurpee. A bag of Salt n Vinegar chips. A bag of candy. An ice-cream cone from McDonalds. I sound like a child don't I?

Pretty pathetic to be excited about finding a dollar bill - I know...but it beats finding a dead squirrel!

Ds pipes up when I told them about my "lucky" find ..."Maybe you can give it to dad to buy some batteries." He needs some rechargeable batteries for his light saber and so he's had batteries on his mind ALL MORNING. Dd pipes up "Maybe you can use it for your trip this weekend." Finding a dollar has endless possibilities.

How would you spend a found dollar bill???


Heather said...

I have a record player and a large collection of old records that my kids love to play. I have "Little Bron Shack Out Back" and "King of the Road"--which are both, I believe, contemporaries of Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road--which I loved as a kid. :) (I am 34--my grandparents had large collections of records as did my parents which I inherited.)

My son ALWAYS has batteries on the brain. In fact, for a while our battery drawer was stuck (part of a smoke detector had gotten wedged in the back.) He was desperately trying to get it open for about a month. I finally bent a hanger and got it and he spent all day in that drawer exploring.

Edi said...

Our friend also played "Little brown Shack out Back"!!!

The lyrics back then sure were more entertaining.

I never knew it was going to be so fun having a boy - being that I only had sisters. It's just interesting to see how boys focus in on something and just how they do want to do things that are "boyful".

Anonymous said...

My hubby always gets embarrassed when I stoop down to pick up a penny but hey, it's a penny. 100 of those and I'm close to getting a Tim's Tea.