Friday, July 06, 2007

Born on July 4th

Whalehead King was thinking about teaching a foreigner a partriotic song that he learned in elemetary school. It was the Fourth of July and the spirit of George M. Cohan was dogging Mr. King. He found a jaded, internationalist European who has no understanding what it is like to love one's country. You cannot blame her.

Here is the song he proposed:
She's a grand old flag, she's a high flying flag, and forever in peace may she wave.
She's the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave.
Every heart beats true fot the red, white, and blue, and with never a boast or a brag.
Should old acquaintance be forgot, keep your eye on that grand old flag.
Well, as one would expect of a jaded European, Mr. King's friend found the song ridiculous and couldn't get through the first phrase without gaffawing. Neither one could think of something better though, so they hummed a few bars of 'Afternoon Delight' and let Independence Day wind on to its patriotic end, fireworks and all. Whalehead King wore his tricorner hat. His friend wore her 'Life is Good' hooded sweatshirt.

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