Thursday, April 28, 2011

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice and
Bopping them on the heads.
Down comes the good fairy who says:
Little Bunny Foo Foo, I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head.
I’ll give you three more chances before I turn you into a ____ (insert anything here).

It’s rare that I see my sister interact with her kids in doing “motherly stuff” like games or nursery rhymes or anything. So I was surprised the other day when she grabbed Spice’s two bunnies and started singing “Little Bunny Foo Foo.” I shouldn’t  have been surprised to hear that particular song because she loved it as a kid. That and “Ten Little Bears in the Bed.” She would sing them over and over again until my dad would yell for her to stop.

Since she sang it the first time, Bunny Foo Foo has been on repeat. Spice follows her around with her stuffed bunnies, begging to hear it just one more time. My sister wised up pretty quickly and uses it as a bribery tool now. That song gets Spice dressed, it gets her in bed. It gets her to cooperate in general. She has become so enamored with the song that she renamed her little bunny Bunny Foo Foo. The big bunny may or may not be The Good Fairy. It depends on the outfit she is wearing.

It’s probably my own fault that the song started. Spice knew (by smell perhaps?) that there was a Build a Bear nearby. I took the girls there the other day and she bought a Tinkerbell outfit and wand for the big bunny. Since then, that wand has been waved a thousand times when the good fairy threatens Bunny Foo Foo for bopping the heads of the field mice. My girls and my nephew will all sing along and do the motions to the song. I think by this point, my sister is regretting the teaching of the song. At the very least, she knows the meaning of my dad’s pain all those years ago.

Spice learned all the words pretty quickly and doesn’t even really need my sister’s help to sing it any more. I know this because Spice insists on waking up super-early every day and sitting on my bed. I wake up and get her settled, then doze off. Yesterday, I apparently did more than doze off, I fell right back to sleep. When I woke up Spice said, “I was Bunny Foo Fooing all over you!”

It’s the last thing she wants to hear before sleeping and the first song going through her head when she wakes up. I may just kill my sister. 

Ice Princess

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