Turning Over New Leaf

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Little Things in Life


Has anyone noticed how some insignificant things just stick with you throughout life? Human beings do not have delete buttons, so we have difficulty erasing those things that do not appear to add to our lives. I believe that when we grow older our memories do not fail. It simply takes longer to process the total conglomeration of stuff stuck in our minds.

Unlike the cartoons of today, the TV shows of yesteryear entertained and subtly educated children about superficial, nice things. We were not compelled to make political decisions at age seven. Our parents supplied our moral base. During the first seven years or so of life, we were somewhat sheltered from the rest of the world. Imagine that!

In any event, I have had this song, Butterflies, implanted in my brain from childhood. It will not delete. I watched a cartoon before school every morning, and a little guy ran around with a net attempting to snag a few of nature’s more beautiful creatures for his collection. He sang these lyrics:

Butterflies, Butterflies
I’m a collector of Butterflies
I swing my net and catch them
As they flutter by.

Horse flies, shoo flies, house flies, and time flies
But I’m at my best when I’m in a nest of Butterflies.

Catchy (excuse the pun)? Well perhaps. But I have tried to forget the tune my entire life. The harder I try, the more it plays a constant refrain. I am an animal lover. I am a nature lover. I appreciate beauty. And I wouldn’t harm an insect. Maybe, the little song is not as insignificant as I think. I will push the mental save button and see what happens.

Post Script

If anyone out there in blog land remembers this song, please let me know. I would hate for this to be my unique legacy to the world.

The above post is actually a re-post from two years ago. Today, someone sent me the video link to the cartoon. I got some of the lyrics wrong, but the song is embedded in my brain.

Molly Moo-Cow & the Butterflies (Song appears at 4:17)

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  1. JJ, sorry to say, No, I haven't... I even googled it, you tubed it... nada.....

  2. Hi JJ .. really interesting to see a cartoon of 1935 - they changed dramatically quite quickly - to become more modern by the War. Loved seeing this .. and the song .. will amuse - your lyrics actually!

    Cheers - Hilary

  3. Oh good Lord JJ, I already have way too much useless stuff taking up space in my old gray sponge. My son-in-law always ask me "Where do you come up with these songs you sing to Lily?" Lily is my grandaughter and I sing songs to her from way back when I was a Sunbeam at our church. I was probably 4-6 years old. For some reason I think all my old memories are scratched like a worn out record and I tend to hum or sing the same old tunes over and over. I had to stop mid-stream with the Butterfly song or I'd be singing that one too. Nice try! LOL. Good luck with deleting that memory and nice try for trying to pass it off on us! :) ~Ames

  4. Bless you ;-) Its funny how certain things stay in your memory its there for a reason. Today it was there to write a post about. Thanks for always stopping by and leaving a comment. dee ;-)

  5. KBF: Just hit the Molly Moo-Cow & the Butterflies link I provided in the post.

    Hilary: They sure did!

    Ames: I guess I can't fool you, but I wish I could!

    Dee: Yes, and I'm actually glad it was there today. I have been behind in my posts and this was a good break.

  6. @JJ: checked out the link.. nope, its before I was born..

  7. KBF: I hope so! It was made before my time as well, and I'm older than dirt, but it was revived as a TV cartoon after WWII.

  8. Can't say I know this, but isn't it grand how we connect with each other every now and then....especially when it brings us back to such happy memories!

  9. My favorite shows/cartoons as a child all involved heroes or superheroes. Well, except for maybe Kimba the White Lion, though I kinda think she was a lion heroine. The Justice League was my favorite cartoon. Daniel Boone my favorite show. My other favorite cartoons were all the superhero kind (Spiderman, Wonder Woman, even Hong Kong Phooey) so I kinda think there is a theme here. You grew up to love nature and I grew up wanting to save the world.

    I look around at my current DVD collection and I spy all ten seasons of Smallville (the Superman story), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dark Angel, Alias, Legend of the Seeker, 24, Fringe, NCIS, Bones, Firefly, and I see a pattern. I am still looking out for a hero. I like believing that the world is worth saving, and that there are people ready, willing, and able to step up to the plate to do it.

    I am not so sure that we grow up per se. Our perspective changes. The lens changes. But if we were about butterflies, we will always be about butterflies. And if we are looking for ways to save the world, well we will never stop.

    Yes, that does give a person food for thought about what is being fed into the minds of our young people. Of course, what they put in and what they see can be two very different things. Not everyone who watched The Justice League on Saturday mornings is determined to make this world a better place.

    Are we back to Nature vs. Nurture in some disturbed and twisted way?

  10. The stuff that sticks with us is usually meaningful in some way or another, I find. I do believe innate personality doesn't really change, even if it seems we've lost it for awhile. It is really always there, hiding underneath. Your love of all things living is endearing. The song is close to your heart in some way. I think you should keep it.

  11. I read this post when you first put it up, but I guess I never commented. I don't know the song, but there are songs from my childhood that do get stuck and they are usually the simple little ditties!

    Also, I have an award for you. It's okay if you don't do awards, but I just wanted to let you know it is here...

  12. I'm convinced that that's why our memories get so bad as we get older. Our memory bytes are used up and there's no way to purchase more. Meanwhile, memory space I could really use now is taken up with useless stuff like the telephone number I had as a child.

  13. I frequently have the tune "what's love got to do with it?" by Tina Turner stuck in my head. Who older brothers were teenagers in the eighties and I was indoctrinated. Never heard of your tune though. Cute. :),
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  14. I haven't a clue. I've got my own song stuck in my head. Mine goes, "When trouble troubles you, sing baby sing. Do like the birdies do, sing baby sing..etc"

  15. Robin: Daniel Boone was a man... from the coonskin cap on the top of old Dan to the heel of his rawhide shoes...

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  17. Jasmine: I never connected the dots, but I do love all living things. Thanks.

    AubrieAnne: I am very grateful. I have been missing of late. I took on some new projects and I am swamped - but not enough to forget to thank a friend.

  18. Galen: Thanks for reminding me. I have been thinking of my childhood phone number all week!

    Miriam: It is actually a very old movie (1935), but it was later made into a children's cartoon for tv.

  19. Manzi: I believe this is your song:

    "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing" by Ben Bernie

  20. Oh my, Kimba the White Lion, I can feel age creeping up on me.
    Daniel Boone, No No No!
    There is a ditty about him that will remain with me for ever. Unfortunately due to Political Correctness I can't repeat it so like so many other wonderful things it must remain hidden away like so many of lifes treasures.

  21. I don't remember that jingle, but I do remeber all the cartoon jingles i watched. sometimes if I am doing nothing in particular i sing them to my kids and they just look at me what?!
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  22. Whitesnake: PC? They have that down under too?

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  23. I haven't heard of this song, but sometimes I'll wake up with a song in my head, first thing in the morning, and be like, "Okay, this is going to be my theme song for today." Maybe Butterflies is your theme song? :)

  24. Phoenix: Well, butterflies are free. Perhaps, it is in my head for a reason.

  25. Your memory sparked a memory for me which was also related to butterflies. I once cared for a wonderful elderly woman named Eileen who had butterflies all over her house. Paintings of butterflies, butterfly mobiles, butterfly calenders, ornamental plates etc etc.I recall her telling me a story about the day her son died. She was an avid gardner and had the most beautiful cottage garden. She said she was out in the garden one day and saw the most beautiful butterfly she had ever seen & at the moment that she saw the butterfly she thought of her son whom lived up in North QLD. A few hours later she received a call from her granddaughter to inform her of the worst news any parent could ever get, that her son had died from a heart attack whilst sitting in his car. Eileen said that she believed with all her heart and soul that the beautiful butterfly she saw was the spirit of her son coming to say goodbye. I have never forgotten this story...and every time I see a butterfly, I remember it & wonder!


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