let the wild rumpus start!

you know that 80s synth-pop classic, "if you leave", from the pretty in pink soundtrack?

If you leave I won't cry
I won't waste one single day
But if you leave don't look back
I'll be running the other way
Seven years went under the bridge
Like time was standing still
Heaven knows what happens now
You’ve got to, You’ve got to say you will

I touch you once, I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd meet again someday

that song ALWAYS reminded me of this song:

In January it's so nice
While slipping on the sliding ice
To sip hot chicken soup with rice
Sipping once, sipping twice
Sipping chicken soup with rice

that's probaby just me, though.  does anyone else even know that song?  it was recorded by carole king for the 1975 animated tv special "really rosie." it aired five years before i was born, and to my knowledge, i've never seen it, yet somehow, "chicken soup with rice" persistently clings to a corner of my memory, taking up space that might be better utilized by more helpful information, like the birthday of anyone i didn't grow up with or the ever-morphing location of my camera.

today, i heard the song on dylan's where the wild things are dvd of animated maurice sendak stories.  like the book, the disc is much enjoyed, but its origins remain a mystery.  months ago, it appeared in the mail independent of any birthdays or holidays.  thank you to our mysterious gift-giver!

i don't think dylan knows that the book is called where the wild things are, and it's one of those things that is just too funny to correct.  we were at the grocery store not long ago, and as we passed a red box movie kiosk, dylan got really excited:

"wild rumpus start!  wild rumpus start!"

it took me a few seconds to realize that dylan had seen an image for the where the wild things are movie. 

today at camp, the wild rumpus indeed starts.  for the next three weeks, staff will be arriving for training, and then the first of about two thousand six to eighteen year-olds will come to play and sing and sweat and run and climb and learn about Jesus.

let the wild rumpus start!


Anonymous said...

Actually this quote is from the book Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak. I grew up reading it and I bought it for my kids as well.


suzannah | the smitten word said...

i've never read the book at all, but carole king sing/narrates an animated version of the book on our dvd. i think it's strange that i learned the song as a kid without reading the book. maybe we listened to it in school?

evidently the tv special was a whole collection of sendak's stories put to music. your kids might get a kick out of it:)

Kelly Miller said...

I hope you have fun at camp. Are you telling me that Dylan *read* the words wild rumpus? That would be so awesome.

pinkdaisyjane said...

"Really Rosie" is on my happy list from way back. I LOVE that movie!!! LOVE it.

Let the wild rumpus begin, indeed! Happy campers!

Kelly Irene said...

sooo cute! I hope you have a great time gearing up for camp. I'm so jealous!!

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