I Love My Absurd Little Bird, and She Loves Julie Andrews

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Julie Andrews is Poppy's middle name – Poppy Julie Andrews Darrah.
At around 7:25pm most evenings, Poppy starts going: 

'Cuckoo, cuckoo.' 

She is of course referring to that sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall.  Oh, are you not familiar with the clanging?  Well, you can learn all about it by watching the Roger and Hammerstein classic Sound of Music.

These nightly rendezvous with Julie and Co began about a year ago (when Poppy was 1 year old).  All of a sudden, and with no warning whatsoever, she started singing alongside the von Trapps.  Each time Gretel and Brigitta pop out from behind their siblings to say 'cuckoo' to Captain von Trapp's party guests (Nazis included), Poppy follows suit.  She has even incorporated the occasional head tilt when popping out to say cuckoo.  We find this to be very amusing. 

So yea, The Pop-Tart is very into Julie Andrews.  It's my fault really.  It's fine though – I suppose it's never too early to begin briefing your child on the niceties of WWII and the pre-EU days of yore.  Plus the film helps get her to sleep.

Pam Allyn says it's time to integrate interest development books into the scene and to ‘be on the lookout this early for your child’s passions and interests.  They are there, and can be nurtured through your connections with your child through literature.’  
Hence this book:
and this book:

...and the penciling-in of Austria to be the first of Poppy's transatlantic travels.  The voyage will include, but will not likely be limited to, the following sites:  
  • Bertelsmann, Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria (lakeside scenes of the von Trapp family's house)

  • Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, Austria (music festival scenes)

  • Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg, Austria (Do-Re-Mi steps)

  • Schloss Frohnburg, Salzburg, Austria (the front of the von Trapp villa)

  • Werfen, Salzburg, Austria (mountain picnic scene)

Anyone else in?  Austria or bust – Julie Andrews style.  

The hills will be alive....

So Long, Farewell

There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple too
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird
Is popping out to say "cuckoo"
[Poppy, Gretl, Brigitta:]
Cuckoo, cuckoo

[Children: Poppy, Gretl, Brigitta: ]
Regretfully they tell us Cuckoo, cuckoo 
But firmly they compel us Cuckoo, cuckoo 
To say goodbye . . . 
[Poppy, Gretl, Brigitta:]
. . . to you

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu
Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen
I'd like to stay and taste my first champagne

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye -- Goodbye!
I'm glad to go, I cannot tell a lie
I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly
The sun has gone to bed and so must I

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

[Guests and Nazis:]




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