Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Wit at Breakfast

As we sat down to breakfast this morning, Triss noticed the music playing on the stereo.

"Oh, Aaron Copland," she said.

"No," said I, ever the teacher. "This is 'Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns'. 'Simple Gifts' is a folksong, not a song Aaron Copland wrote. He did an arrangement of the tune in 'Appalachian Spring', but it is an old Shaker song."

"You know who the Shakers were, don't you?" asked Daddy (aka Mr. Honey). "They were the Eskimos before they learned to make fur coats."

Ba-dum bum.

He thought that up All By Himself.

Before his morning coffee, even.

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