To which Dad responded, “I did not; I said she will always be young at heart!”
I’m okay with being young at heart. But some days I feel old.
The other day something at work caught my attention and I couldn’t help but sing, “Wally Gator is the coolest alligator in the swamp.” One coworker burst out laughing and another said, “What the heck!?!”
Yep, one coworker is my age and the other is just a baby of 30-something. The conversation turned to cartoons and other TV shows of the decades best known to us old folks.
Do you know Romper Room!?! It was one of my favorites back in the day when Mom pulled my blonde hair back into pony tails on either side of my head. (Too bad I couldn’t find a picture of that ‘cause I was adorable.)
There was just something about hearing the theme song and standing at attention while we said the Pledge of Allegiance. Even the lessons with Do Bee and the activities were fun. And every show I waited with bated breath to find out if Miss Barbara would see me through her Magic Mirror in Televisionland.
Romper, stomper, bomper, boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me do. Magic Mirror; tell me today, have all my friends had fun at play?
Then one day it happened…after reciting Romper Stomper I heard Miss Barbara say, “And I see Tammie” as she peered through her Magic Mirror. I was famous. I had been seen in Televisionland and I was ecstatic.
As coincidence would have it my boss came by my cube one day last week while I was out and saw a quote I had on my white board. He added his words of wisdom and signed a coworker’s name. “Do be a do be and don’t be a don’t be.” I chuckled when I saw it since the person he claimed wrote it is much too young to know Romper Room and has been quick to tell me so.
Then the stars were aligned just right today as I walked into the break room to hear the youngster telling an even younger youngster about Romper Room and the Do Be comment. What else could I do but recite “Romper Stomper” and get out my Magic Mirror to see who I could see in Break Room Land!?!
Nope, my age doesn’t bother me too much since I always have that little blonde girl inside me and there is nothing wrong with being young at heart!
First day of kindergarten circa way back when. Notice the note to my teacher pinned to my chest lest I forget to give it to the teach!