Mighty Red Pen

January 21, 2007

What Peter said

Filed under: At home with MRP,Kidspeak — mighty red pen @ 9:10 pm

Our home is alive with “The Sound of Music.” As in S. (3 1/2) imagining that he is the latest incarnation of Miss Julie Andrews, complete with spinning around the living room with his arms out, a la the opening scenes of the movie.

Maybe you were so lucky as to be serenaded with “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” in the ladies’ room at the Museum of Fine Arts the other day.

Which leads to the latest in the misheard lyrics file. Everyone knows the number, “So Long, Farewell,” where the annoyingly sweet von Trapp children sing goodnight to the grownups at the party in impossibly perfect harmony and sugary cuteness (which weirdly leads to the adults all singing back “goodniiiiiiiight” in impossibly perfect and synchronized harmony).

And they are so clever, they sing “goodnight” in multiple languages, “So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight . . .”

My little Julie Andrews was running around the house the other day singing,

So long, farewell, and Peter says goodnight.

Okay, so maybe “auf wiedersehen” isn’t the easiest word to understand.



  1. Without further ado, the von Trapp children…But what does it sound like when they sing “adieu” (to you , and you, and you)?

    Comment by Frida's Big Gay Dad — January 22, 2007 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  2. Gotta agree that “and Peter says” sounds like “auf wiedersehen.” That is soooo cute!

    Comment by mybabyisstuckinthewomb — January 22, 2007 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

  3. “mybabyisstuckinthewomb”

    Comment by The Mole — January 22, 2007 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  4. Hmmm strange it only printed part of my comment, oh well.

    Comment by The Mole — January 24, 2007 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

  5. Given that you say “Mr. MRP” and “Miss Julie Andrews,” why don’t you refer to the charming S. (3 1/2) as “Master S.”?

    And where does the ? in that sentence go, anyway. Inside or outside the quotation marks?

    Comment by David — January 25, 2007 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  6. What do you want from MRP: consistency?

    In answer to your question, it goes outside, IMO.

    Comment by mightyredpen — January 26, 2007 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

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