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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Weird Obsessions

When you're a stay-at-home-mom, and you don't get much adult conversation, your brain does weird things to stay sane. As I'm having to watch Sesame Street day after day (or at least just have it on in the background), I'm thinking, I wonder what the puppeteers really look like. And I went online to find out what the voice of Elmo really looked like (Kevin Clash- big handsome black guy). I was able to find pictures of Caroll Spinney (Oscar the Grouch & Big Bird), Steve Whitmire (Kermit & Ernie), Eric Jacobsen & Frank Oz (Bert & Grover), and finally today on a new search completed my quest by finding pictures of David Rudman (cookie monster)and Jerry Nelson (the Count).

I'm reading Eli & Mia Dr. Seuss books with new eyes. For example, I didn't remember really reading Horton Hears A Who when I was little. So when I read it to Eli for the first time, it was vaguely familiar, but more like it was the first time for me, too. And I was thinking, this sounds like a really politically motivated book. I wasn't too far off. Apparantly, before writing childrens' books, he worked for a time as a political cartoonist. People surmize Horton was written as a protest against the use of the atomic bomb, and also might have been criticizing the communist witch hunts (the Wickersham brothers in the story).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a pretty obvious outcry against materialism. I love the book. And I've also rediscovered the hilarious SONG from the original 1966 movie. (Much better than the Jim Carrey version). And now as an adult, I'm thinking, as he wrote down those words, I just bet he had someone in mind. Those insults are too good and too funny to just be wasted on a fictional character. You can listen to a little clip if you go to http://www.amazon.com/Grinch-Stole-Christmas-Movie-Horton/dp/B00000K5BF
and click on Track number 7.

This song has amused me so much that I've been singing it non-stop. The good thing to come from this is I'll have some really great insults ready. When I'm describing the frustrations of my day to Chris, I can say, "It nauseates me with a nauseous super "naus!" The next time someone cuts me off in traffic, I'm going to be thinking, "You're a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!" Much more amusing for my kids to hear, too. :)

Mr. Grinch
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch
You really are a heel,
You're as cuddly as a cactus, you're as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch,
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch,
Your heart's an empty hole,
Your brain is full of spiders, you have garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch,
I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You have termites in your smile,
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch,
Given a choice between the two of you I'd take the seasick crocodile!

You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch,
You're the king of sinful sots,
Your heart's a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch,
You're a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch,
With a nauseous super "naus"!,
You're a crooked dirty jockey and you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch,
Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable mangled up in tangled up knots!

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You're a nasty wasty skunk,
Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch,
The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote, "Stink, stank, stunk"!

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