March 2018 SOLC–Day 15
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Don’t you love when something someone says or writes sparks a slice idea? On my recent slice about cleaning to music, Margaret Simon commented that she cleans to show tunes. Although it isn’t my cleaning music of choice, we do love show tunes in my family. Thinking about this tumbled me right down memory lane again.
It was parent-teacher conference time. I sat at the table across from Mrs. Ingalls, the third grade teacher. Before her she had a collection of Addie’s work, including her writing. She pushed one sample toward me.
I read the beginning:
“Once upon a cat, there were 3 fleas.”
Whoa, I thought, what a great lead! We are going to be doing some writing celebration in this conference!
I looked up at her and smiled. She looked at me and then at the paper. I read on.
“One flea liked red wine.”
I continued to read.
“One liked jazz.”
Phew…not so bad!
“And the other one liked likker.”
I looked up at Mrs. Ingalls, who was not known for her sense of humor and who was regarding me impassively. Do I even want to know what she’s thinking right now? I took a deep breath, trying not to laugh.
“Well,” I said, “the red wine is definitely inspired by me. But the jazz and liquor….well, we’ve been listening to the soundtrack of Chicago a lot lately…” My voice trailed off, then I tried again. “But wasn’t that an awesome lead!”
As I left twenty minutes later, all I could think was that it was a good thing she hadn’t heard Connor, my fifth grader, belting out “Master of the House” from Les Mis (“God knows how I’ve lasted, living with this bastard in the house…”) or Lydia, our first grader, singing large sections from Cell Block Tango (“You been screwin’ the milkman?”). Ok, it’s funny now, but when it happened even I was pretty appalled by that one.
Who knew there was a risk to listening to show tunes?