Things People Say, or Sing


Cleaning up Reine’s room tonight I set a junky plastic toy aside and said, “I think we’re going to get rid of this.  You guys never use it.”

Reine:  “Maybe we bring it tomorrow.”  (We are going to a birthday party tomorrow.)

Me:  “I was thinking we would donate it.”

Reine:  “Yeah.  To people we don’t know.”

Me:  “Yeah.”

Reine:  “Like Tex.”

This might only be funny to people who know Tex or really love Reine.  But I love it.

Birdie’s words have been melting me lately.  Some favorites:

  • flallers, for flowers
  • dragon, for wagon.  “We’re going in the dragon?”
  • aminals, you know
  • covered, for cupboard
  • and sheeps.  “What are you going to dream about tonight Birdie?”  “Bananas, and chickens, and sheeps.”

I also love “Good night” at naptime.  Or “I had a good nap?” when she wakes up in the morning.  I’ve tried to explain, but why?  “Good night, Ren.  See you when you wake up.”


Guillaume Appolinaire (poet)

“Come to the edge,” he said.  They said, “We are afraid.”

“Come to the edge,” he said.  They came, he pushed them, and they flew.


Further to my Hairdresser on Fire post earlier this week:  it took just two days in my subconscious mind for my conscious mind to register:  ‘You don’t know any gay or effeminate male hairdressers.  Your jokey comment about the Boy Child and a possible connection between loving men and loving the tools of the hairstyling trade does not make any sense.’  So.  In the yogaslingflipflops spirit of total accountability:  that was a not-thought-out thing to write.  May my hairstylists forgive my unfounded stereotype and keep their scissors-and-hairspray karma far far away from my hair.

Robin and Yvan (sort of)

These songs have been played or sung in our home over the past many weeks.  (Months?)  I don’t know if Yvan is even aware of it, but I think of it as a sort of conversation.  (Some of the songs have actually only been in my head.  So he is pretty definitely not aware of those.  But I still think of it as a conversation.  Or musical status report.)

  • The Last Day of Our Acquaintance, Sinead O’Connor.  “I know you don’t love me anymore…”  “I will meet you later in somebody’s office…”
  • I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, Doc Walker.  “I’m gonna change your mind/ I’m gonna make you love me/ I’m gonna keep on tryin’/ ’til I can make you love me.”
  • Smile, Nat King Cole.  “Smile, though your heart is breaking…”
  • Remember When, Alan Jackson.  “Remember when the sound of little feet was the music…”  “We won’t be sad, we’ll be glad/ For all the life we’ve had/ And we’ll remember when…”
  • Don’t Dream It’s Over, Crowded House.
  • All You Need Is Love, the Beatles.  “Love, love, love…”   “It’s easy…”
  • Don’t Give Up, Peter Gabriel.  “Don’t give up/ ‘Cause you have friends…”
  • You are Loved, Josh Groban.
  • Robin in the Rain.  (Just kidding.)

One thought on “Things People Say, or Sing

  1. you joke, but I sing Robin in the Rain quite frequently! the poem gave me goosebumps and I will mention once again that your blog brings me (& Bill) much joy. Because to me you are joy and muchness. M

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