The 5th graders like to tease and joke around. All the older grades do, which is probably why I have so much fun with them because I’m a natural teaser and joker, too. They learned early on that I find the Ylvis song What Does the Fox Say exceptionally annoying. It’s so annoying (and catchy, darn it) that I remember the first time I heard it. I was on a walk listening to Pandora, and when I heard the hook my immediate response was Oh hell, no.
Just in case you’ve never heard the song or watched the video, behold:
When I tell them to stop, they start singing Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows.
It’s all in good fun. They know when to stop, and that’s when I slowly raise one eyebrow and cross my arms. I’m so glad I spent an embarrassing number of weeks teaching myself how to do that in middle school.
Late one Tuesday night, while shopping in Target for something completely different, I decided to tease them back.
I wasn’t sure how they were going to take it, and the Mister was pretty sure I was going to look like Supreme Dork of All the Land. The 3rd graders saw it first and, wow, I heard that song all class long. Nonstop. Then they asked how I knew that song because grownups don’t know that song.
Um, yes, they do. Grownups are the ones driving the car and adjusting the dial on the radio. Grownups know the song, they just don’t like the song.
At least not to any extent that can be proven in a court of law.
Then came the 5th graders, and how sad am I that I admit to being nervous? I think they did see me as Supreme Dork of All the Land, but in a good way. They didn’t say it was dumb. In fact, we took pictures with our new “class mascot,” I heard that stupid song 400 more times, and everyone asked me where I bought Mr. Fox. (Target.)
I was feeling pretty pleased with myself until one boy said, “If you think that’s annoying, wait until you see the badger video.”
I pulled up the video on my phone.
Now, whenever they see me on campus, they smoosh together in a group and bounce up and down while singing badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, mushroom! mushroom!
I don’t think I made it to the end of the video before my eyes melted and my ears started bleeding, but they were still full of commentary.
“Oh! You need to buy a badger! Don’t worry about the mushroom; I’ll take care of it,” said a girl.
“Can’t forget the snake,” said a boy.
“And a pink fluffy unicorn,” said another girl.
A fox, a badger, a unicorn, a snake, and a mushroom. Best library ever! Or, Burning Man.
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