He knew where this was headed. We had just watched our children perform in the musical Oklahoma! five times in a row: Wednesday’s dress rehearsal, plus three evening shows and a matinee. Involuntarily humming to ourselves that beautiful morning about the cultural and socioeconomic struggles of the 19th century American Midwest, we literally could not say no to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s incessant subliminal intrusions.
“What do you think?” I asked him. “About a month or so to get these tunes out of our heads?”
“Well,” he said, “It wouldn’t be so bad if I knew more of the words. I only know a few for each song.” He started singing.
“Oh the farmer and the cowman should be friends! Oh the farmer and the cowman should be friends! Da da da, duh da da da, da da da tuh dah dah dah, but that’s no reason why they can’t be friends . . .”
Yep, I’m thinking a month. At least.
(Good thing it was totally worth it!)
Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore is a mother x 3, wife x 28 (years not men), minister, speaker, writer, retreat leader, and lover of beagles and books. She has a lot to say.
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