Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sing...Sing a Song...Make it simple to last your whole life long...

I have this little game that I like to play with the kids. Ok, Alex and Zack don't play anymore and find my inclination to break into song just plain annoying. Maria doesn't understand the game just yet but she's in training. So it's really just Caroline now and bless her little soul, she'll indulge all of my quirks. Anyways, I'll ask her to give me a word and see if I can come up with a song that includes that word. Usually I can and if not, well, I just make something up. Sing anything loud enough and with enough enthusiasm and it will sound like a real song. Today's word was "sandwich". Although I couldn't think of a song including the word sandwich I did think of a song about a sandwich...the Big Mac jingle (You know...two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun). Caroline didn't believe it was a real song.

This led me to think about all of the junk that occupies my valuable brain space. Why is it that I can't remember a Bible verse for more than 30 seconds but I can remember TV commercials from 30 years ago? If only I could take out the junk and fill it up with really valuble stuff like scripture or history. Things that would make me seem smart and educated and less like "Rainman."

Here are just a few of the things I would get rid of in my brain dump.

1. The lyrics to Hotel California.
2. The Brady Bunch theme song and all Brady-related trivia. Go ahead. Ask me a question because more than likely I WILL know the answer.
3. Cuss words.
4. Pig Latin.
5. Anything from the Sesame Street Live record. Do you remember that one? It had a picture of Bert on the front doing his John Travolta "Staying Alive" pose.

What would I put in it's place?

1. Things that are lovely and pure.
2. The books of the Bible (I admit it. Sometimes I use the table of contents).
3. All of the states and their capitals. Smart people just seem to know that.
4. Spanish.
5. My 9's times table. I always have to stop and think about those. Or I ask Alex.

I know there's a lot more for both lists but it's 2:24 a.m. and I'm starting to come down off of the sugar buzz from the bowl of chocolate ice cream I ate at 10:00. I need to go to bed. I'll add more to my lists as the thoughts come to me.

Simply stated: A mind is a terrible thing to waste. (See there's another one. It was a slogan for the United Negro College Fund from like 1970...ugh!)


ruth said...

Stacie - call me and I'll tell you a great trick for your nine times tables. It is sooo simple!! Ruth