New families have been arriving for story time.
This week a mother looked surprised and said, she knew the song we were singing, but she'd never heard it with "so much life."
She had to search her vocabulary for appropriate wording.
I forget - until newbies show up - there should be a disclaimer - or, at least colorful signage - informing people they have entered the wild and crazy zone of a second generation "City Slicker."
Spike Jones, who was a business genius, created his "Spike Jones and the City Slickers." They were FABULOUS and super popular during the mid-ish 20th Century. I didn't get to spend much time with Spike Jones and his family, (too bad for me) - none of the creative business endeavor rubbed off on me. BUT, I DID get to spend time with the City Slickers . . . . zany, mischievous, super talented, filled with joy, wonder and imagination . . . .
Maybe they were my family - or roots - or baby sitters -
Certainly they remain much of the lively inspiration for story time.
I'd rather hear, "'scuse me, your City Slickers are showing" than - "lady, your slip is showing"
. . . . or any other ordinary things.
Oh, older kids attending out of politeness because it's summer break and younger family members enjoy story time?
Those kids grin - and participate with abandon
when they realize
is more fun than meets the eye.
Color me happy.
Boop-Boop Diddim-Daddem Waddem Choo!