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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

And the elephant goes "toot"

As with any three year old, daily life includes many routines, one of the most important being singing songs...lots of songs. For the past few months Senia Mae's favorite has been the Scandinavian International sensation, "What Does The Fox Say?", a ditty which many adults find catchy yet annoying in the "I can't get it out of my head and have been singing it since seven this morning" kind of way. Mommy Kim happens to be one of those adults, while I pull it up on YouTube every time someone I know has not heard it yet.

The video is a dreamlike scene in which a Grandfather is reading a book to his grandson, who sits on his lap asking questions about the story. A man lurks in the forest behind, prancing out of the fog to a techno beat, while singing "the dog goes woof, the cat goes meow, the bird goes tweet, and the mouse goes squeak" in the most sultry, sexy voice. If you weren't listening to the words you would think it was a new dance club hit, until he continues with "the cow goes moo, frog goes croak, and the elephant goes toot", leading up to the chorus indicating that no one really knows the sound of the fox, hence "What Does the Fox say?" He then belts "Ring ding ding ding dingeringeding, gering ding ding ding dingeringleding" jumping around, up and down as everyone yells "What the Fox say?". In reality it is one of the funniest videos I have seen in years and I happily skip around the house humming "and the seal goes ow, ow, ow...".

A few days ago we had all eaten a heavy, late dinner at Grandma's house. It was a dark and crisp night, so we moved quickly to our cars even though our bellies were engorged and full. The plan was that Kim and I were going in one car and Grammy was going to drive Senia Mae home in the truck. Thinking that we were all previously engaged in something else, Grammy hung back a little bit and relieved herself of some gas as we strapped Senia Mae into her car seat. Instead of pretending like she didn't hear it, like any good Southern woman would, our little Einstein sings..."and the elephant goes Toot!"

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