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A music teacher for the elementary school from which I retired asked me to sub for her tomorrow.

No big deal, two half hour sessions with Kindergarten girls.


I can do this, I tell myself.

I can sing.

I can stay on key.

I’m pretty good with pitch.

I look over the song list the music teacher emailed to me.

Some of them are childhood memories.

So long ago.

I don’t remember every verse.

And if they go round the mulberry bush,

I will have to watch from the sidelines.

How many animals did Old MacDonald have, anyway?

Are they ranked by seniority?

Is the farmer still in the dell?

Is that fly still bothersome?

“Alouette” is about a nice little lark

Whose feathers we are going to pull out

Because its song woke us up?


I thought there was only one verse but there’s a beak and feet and eyes and stuff

(all in French)


I only knew the one verse!

Childhood memory

Why did we sing this song all those years ago?

None of us spoke French!

I still don’t speak French

My foreign language in college was American Sign Language


Heck, I just learned what those French lyrics in “Lady Marmalade”

“Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir, Voulez vous coucher avec moi”

Really mean!


Goodness! I hope I don’t mix them in with Alouette’s poor little lark tomorrow!