An old television show, Romper Room, came to mind this morning.
Actually, it was a song. Oh dark thirty, I was in a conference call and thought, the day needs coffee. My wife had not gotten up yet so I the moment called for instant. That meant reaching for the Starbucks Via stash over the stove, which meant stretching. Yesterday's yardwork vigor brought out grunts and groans as I stretched and reached. My mind's private vault called up Romper Room's Miss Jan singing,
Bend and stretch
Reach for the stars
Here comes Jupiter
There goes Mars
Romper Room was a television show for pre-schoolers. Miss Jan was a local host. A favorite part of the show for me was at the end, when Miss Jan used her 'magic mirror' to look out at us in television land. Holding up the 'magic mirror', she began,
Romper bomper stomper boo
tell me, tell me, tell me, do
Magic Mirror, tell me today,
did all my friends have fun at play?
Then Miss Jan would say, "I see Bobby and Suzie and Linda and Johnny," calling out children's name. Encouraged by Mom, I'd listen for my name. Our Pittsburgh host, Miss Jan, passed away from breast cancer in 2005. My mother sent me the news in an email.
My other childhood show was Captain Kangeroo but he's now linked in my hand to a Statler Brothers song, Flowers On The Wall:
Counting flowers on the wall,
That don't bother me at all.
Playing Solitaire till dawn,
With a deck of fifty-one.
Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo.
Now, don't tell me I've nothing to do.
It's a good song, mocking, cynical, catchy. Nice to sing while sipping instant at oh dark thirty.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com