On one hand, I had a long chat with my niece (she is 16) via Facebook (I do this fairly often now as she is willing to talk to me that way and is frequently logged in), having a good laugh that we liked many of the same albums and artists. This -- along with staying in touch with pop culture in general (watching SNL, reading BoingBoing, etc.) -- makes me feel youthful.
A half-hour later, I was explaining to Kiddo how I used to sing the "Miss Mary Had a Steamboat" rhyme* at school while bouncing a tennis ball in a knee-high stocking on the school wall under and over my legs. Yeah... might as well have been chasing a barrel hoop with a stick, right? Old. As. Dirt.
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*This rhyme varies depending on where you grew up -- some will remember it as Miss Suzie, others as Miss Mary; some as a steamboat, others as a tug boat and so on. This is how I remember it:
Miss Mary had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell,
Miss Mary went to heaven, the steamboat went to --
Hello operator, give me number nine,
and if you disconnect me, I'll kick you right ---
Behind the 'fridgerator, there was a piece of glass
Miss Mary sat upon it, and broke her big fat ---
Ask me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
the boys are in the bathroom zipping up their ---
Flies are in the city, and bees are in the park
where boys and girls are having fun, kissing in the DARK DARK DARK!
Here are some other versions along with some much ruder rhymes. Did you sing this one as a kid? Do you remember the ball-in-a-stocking thing?