August 3, 2010

Summer Memories


Remember the feeling you get when school was finally out and you had the whole summer ahead of you?

Growing up in Michigan, we'd have really great hot summers. And when my friends and I weren't having adventures in the woods, gossiping about boys in the tree house, or cooling off in the sprinklers...sometimes we would play hand clapping games.

I bet you remember some of them!

Down down baby, down by the roller coaster
Sweet sweet baby, never gonna let you go
Shimmy shimmy coca pop shimmy shimmy pow
Shimmy shimmy coco puff shimmy shimmy pow

Grandma grandma sick in bed,
she called the doctor and the doctor said:

Let's get the rhythm of the head, Ding Dong! (move head left & right)
Let's get the rhythm of the head, Ding Dong! (move head left & right)

Let's get the rhythm of the hands! (clap, clap)
Let's get the rhythm of the hands! (clap, clap)

Let's get the rhythm of the feet! (stomp, stomp)
Let's get the rhythm of the feet! (stomp, stomp)

Let's get the rhythm of the hot dog! (rotate hips)
Let's get the rhythm of the hot dog! (rotate hips)

Put it all together and what do you get
(Ding Dong! Clap clap! Stomp stomp! Rotate hips)
Put it all backwards and what do you get
(Rotate hips! Stomp stomp! Clap clap! Ding Dong!)


This sunflower somehow reminds me of those summers.

17 comments:

Mulleh said...

Lovely picture (:
Love the color!

Steffe said...

Don't think I have ever done a clapping game. But I have built many tree houses. Great flower macro here, looks a bit like my August theme day photo.

this too will pass said...

wow, that flower is beautiful

cieldequimper said...

Bright and sunny, just lovely!

Lisergic Synaesthesiae said...

You find a flower with psychedelic hearth!

Gorgeous!!!

T. Becque said...

Love this photo! Great bright color and patterns.

B SQUARED said...

Let me tell you, this is one of the hottest summers Michigan has seen in a long, long time. Way to hot for any clapping games.

gogouci said...

Great uplifting, bright photo and post.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

one of my favorite photos. just gorgeous

Babzy said...

the heart of the flowers is awesome when enlarged , very Artry :) Thanks for the little song , kids in France like to play hand clapping games too !

VP said...

Yes, I remember well and I'm sorry it was a long time ago. Love the great flower and the funn 'lyrics'.

Kaori said...

Hi everyone! Thank you for the comments!

B Squared, wow, really? And you're all the way up north! I bet it's a lot more hot and muggy in Michiana, eek!

Babzy, I'd love to know what kind of hand clapping games kids in other countries play :D

Francisca said...

Glad I caught this one... what a gorgeous macro, Kaori!

Tall Gary said...

Same one? Same place?

Drinking games in Tokyo izakaya, yes. Hand-clapping games? Nope. Maybe we were all too uncoordinated. Sometimes we would do open-fisted slap fights. Local car-trip singalongs with someone’s dad. ♫Yankee Doodle keep it up...♬♩. Or car-radio singalongs...

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mia said...

Oh my Lord I remember that game!!!! My friends and I played that all the time. During recess, during lunch breaks, when the teacher wasn't around... haha! I haven't heard or read that in such a looong time! Thank you for that trip down memory lane. It's so nice to know that we played the same games as kids even if we're worlds apart!

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