Sunday, June 29, 2014

Silly Sunday: Kids in Church

Silly Sunday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.  It's easy to participate, just laugh and link up!

Yesterday, i was listening to my favorite Saturday afternoon radio show.  It features oldies that date from the roots of the rock 'n' roll era, among other classics, and often the DJ will introduce a piece i've never heard before.

That happened yesterday, when he began playing "Kissing in the Back Row of the Movies," by The Drifters.  About halfway through the song, i noted to #2 Son, who was getting himself a snack while i cooked dinner, that i had never done that.

"There's only one advantage to it," he noted.  "No one can put their feet on the back of your chair!"

Giving him my best "mommy stare," complete with arched eyebrows, he added, "What?  That really is the only reason to sit in the back row of the theater.  It has the advantage that no one can put their feet on the back of your chair."

Although i'm still wondering if he meant more than that, talking of the back row reminded me of a joke.

Boudreaux an' his wife Clothile, when dey have dere li'l boy, Tee Boudreaux, dey decide dey goin' to raise him right, an' dey get him proper baptized an' take him to church each an' ever' Sunday.  Ever' Sunday, dere dey are, right up in de front of de church, sittin' in de firs' pew.

When Tee Boudreaux get to be aroun' t'ree years ol', one Sunday dere was a accident on de freeway, and de family was late for Mass.  Not wantin' to disturb anyone too much, dey end up sittin' in de back row for de firs' time.  An' Tee, he don' seem to like dat, no.  He keep wigglin', and tryin' to stan' up on de pew, an' gettin' more an' more restless ever' minute.

Fin'lly Boudreaux he done had enough.  "Mais, wha's a matta wit' you, boy?" he ax.  An' Tee say, "Papa, I don' like sittin' here in de back!  I wanna sit up in de front where I can see de priest!"

An Boudreaux be real proud of dat, and t'ink, We done raised dat boy right!  But he want to know why Tee want to be in front, so he ax, "Fils*, what for you want to sit in de front?"

"Papa, I like to see de priest because when he be washin' de dishes, I know it's 'most time for Mass to be over!"

*Cajun French for "son"


Today is

Autonomy Day -- French Polynesia

Camera Day -- internet generated, but a fun one to celebrate

Descendent's Day -- on the final Sunday of June each year, an encouragement for all the world's citizens to take an accounting of their activities during the prior year and how those will affect those who come after us

Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul -- Christian
     St. Paul, Patron of Greece, Malta, rope makers, tentmakers, upholsterers
     St. Peter, Patron of clockmakers, fishermen, Russia; against fever, foot trouble, wolves
     a recognized holiday in Chile; Holy See; Italy; Malta[l-Imnarja]; Peru; GR and TI, Switzerland; Wallis and Fortuna
     Haro Wine Festival -- Haro, LaRioja, Spain (a festival that includes a Battle of Wines, where wine is thrown from buckets at opposing teams; on the feast day of the city's patron, San Pedro)
     Rat-Catcher's Day -- often cited because some of the earliest legends of the Pied Piper claim he took the children on the Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul

Gioco Del Ponte -- Pisa, Italy (the Battle of the Bridge or Game of the Bridge, a medieval parade and contest for possession of the bridge)

Hug Holiday -- while the National Hug Holiday Week has been moved to the beginning of May, this is the original day, and was for quite a while, so go give someone a big hug!

Independence Day -- Seychelles

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival -- Kirkpinar, Edirne, Turkey (since 1362, the oldest wrestling festival in the world as well as the oldest continually running, sanctioned sporting event in the world, in which men clad in leather britches and covered in olive oil wrestle; through July 5)

Log Cabin Day -- The Log Cabin Society, dedicated to preserving log cabins and the old fashioned ways of life; many places that have historic log cabins plan big events the last Sunday in June to celebrate

Mother's Day -- Kenya

National Almond Butter Crunch Day

Oharai/Grand Purification Festival -- Shinto

Punxsutawney Ground Hog Festival -- Punxsutawney, PA, US (through Saturday; because the groundhog is worth more than just one cold day in February!)

Rath Yatra -- Puri, India (Chariot Festival, pilgrims pull huge chariots across the city)

Runic Half-month Feoh (wealth) commences

Waffle Iron Day -- don't know why today, but it's a great gadget, and if you have one, pull it out and use it today

Wicked Fairies Summer Debate -- Fairy Calendar (i'd love to hear this!)

Birthdays Today:

Prince Aristide Stavros of Greece and Denmark, 2008
Amanda Donohoe, 1962
Sharon Lawrence, 1962
Fred Grandy, 1948
Richard Lewis, 1947
Gary Busey, 1944
Robert Evans, 1930
Ray Harryhausen, 1920
Slim Pickens, 1919
Bernard Herrmann, 1911
Nelson Eddy, 1901
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900
James Van Der Zee, 1886
William James Mayo, 1863
George Washington Goethals, 1858
Julia Clifford Lathrop, 1858

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Moonraker(Film), 1979

Today in History:

An Irish monastic chronicler records a solar eclipse, 512
Jacques Cartier makes the European discovery of Prince Edward Island, 1534
The Globe Theatre in London, England burns to the ground, 1613
Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario, 1786
Coal is discovered on Vancouver Island, 1850
Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada's worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec, 1864
France annexes Tahiti, 1880
The first known recording of classical music, Handel's "Israel in Egypt", is made on a wax cylinder, 1888
Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation, 1891
Doukhobors burn their weapons as a protest against conscription by the Tsarist Russian government, 1895
France grants 1 km² at Vimy Ridge "freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes," 1922
Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Canada receives a patent for sprocket and track traction system used in snow vehicles, 1937
Isabel Perón is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina, 1974
The Seychelles  become independent from the United Kingdom, 1976
The space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir Space Station for the first time, 1995
Two car bombs are found at Piccadilly Circus, in the heart of London, 2007
News that European Union members agree on a deal to help some struggling Eurozone members causes world stock markets to soar, 2012


  1. LOL thanks for the giggle ;-)

    Have a giggletastic Sunday ;-)

  2. Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha. I love this one.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday. :)

  3. lordy lordy! Thanks for the giggles!

  4. Funny joke. Now that I think about it that;s exactly what it looks like---washing dishes.

  5. I am with your son: do you mean there are more perks than just no feet on your chair? Maybe I need to listen to that song myself...

  6. Thanks for the laugh - and the memory of that song. How we loved it when it was released. It was a favourite for singalongs, too. "Sad Movies" (Sue Thompson) would usually be sung before or after it, the two went together somehow. I might be feeling my age lately but I really wouldn't have wanted to be born in any other era. We had some great music!!


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