Kids Say the Darndest Things

As I was walking on my regular morning jaunt yesterday, I heard Chubby Checker’s seminal hit, “The Twist,” on the Sirius 50’s channel. I had a sudden flashback. It’s early March 1961, and my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Marshall, wanted us “to move and release some built-up energy” after we had been “prisoners” all day in our classroom during typical late winter New England sleet-and-rainstorm in our classroom. A wonderfully supportive and innovative teacher, Mrs. Marshall ambled over to the classroom’s record player and put on Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.”

Instantaneously, 25 kindergartners began swiveling vigorously. When the song ended, Mrs. Marshall decided to play the number again because we seemed to have so much fun and were certainly releasing an abundance of energy!

Before she put the needle back on the record, I raised my hand. As the youngest in a family who knew contemporary music well, I bellowed, “That was GREAT, Mrs. Marshall, but can you play the song, ‘Tiger,’ by Fabian? It’s a better tune.”

My kindergarten teacher promptly excused herself to her office where she laughed for about five minutes.

As Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darndest things.”


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