In today’s edition of Storytelling Sunday, (which is, yes, posted on a Monday, but let’s just pretend I’m on time for once), I’m going to share with you the dangers of a popular dance and song. It is sung to children, by children and for the entertainment of children. It is played and danced to as adults become children once again (usually imbibing alcohol as they go along).
I am here to tell you I want it stopped! I want it stopped now! It’s too dangerous. It causes pain, suffering and life-long disfigurements. What is this song/dance, you ask?
The Hokey Pokey.
The name itself just brings goose bumps to your skin. It sounds ominous and creepy. It brings forth images of people tossing about their appendages, shaking and spinning as if possessed by a dark and wrathful spirit. Are you familiar with the song?
Here are the lyrics, in case you need your memory jogged (or visit YouTube for plenty of terrifying videos on this dangerous pastime):
You put your left foot in…You put your left foot out…You put your left foot in…And you shake it all about.You do the hokey pokey,And you turn yourself around.That’s what it’s all about!
Then, before you can escape, it repeats itself forcing you to put your other foot in and out, shaking it and spinning, then your right and left hands, respectively. Again in. Then out. Then shaking and spinning. It’s just terrifying.
Here’s the worst part of the song. The “turn yourself around”. Therein lies the biggest danger.
Picture this… a young girl, innocently joining in on what she believes to be a fun and free-spirited game of Hokey Pokey with her sisters. Little did she know that she was about to embark upon one of the most traumatic events in her young life.Cue the music.The game begins.Her sisters, unknowing of the dangers, guide her along, urging her to put her foot in, out, in and shake it. Then spin… “turn yourself around”. Then that awful repeat. Again, faster. The little girl giggles and tries to keep up, spinning during the “turn yourself around” phase just a little too fast…… a little off balance…*Crash**Splash!*A brief moment of silence as panic fills the room…
The little girl doesn’t remember this day. The events are wiped from her memory due to the trauma that occurred. The song, however, is forever embedded in her brain, right beneath a one-inch scar across the left side of her forehead, which she carries with her to this day. A scar that her mother would occasionally remark upon, “you had X number of stitches, but the doctor promised me it wouldn’t scar! And there it is…”
When trying to remember what happened, her mother told her this piece of the story…
“… and then one of your sisters ran back to me yelling, ‘Mom! Mom! Kai fell through the fish tank and there’s blood all over the living room carpet!’…”
I once asked her what my other sisters were doing while I was laying there bleeding (and I assume crying my head off). She told me,
“…they were picking up the fish and putting them in water to try and save them.”
So please, please, please…for the sake of innocent fish and fun-loving little girls everywhere. Ban the hokey pokey from your life.
For the love of children everywhere... ban it now!
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