Here Comes Frosty the Snowman

 

Image by downtowncovington.org

Everyone could already smell the yuletide season. It is almost here. Well, at least for most Filipinos who start to feel Christmassy as soon as we flip our calendars to the first ‘ber’ page of its year. Yes, it’s as if  September is just a blink away from the time we celebrated the New Year’s Eve. Time does fly. But this year I bet that Marcus and I were ahead of everyone else.

By the early days of August our car’s CD player has been on repeat mode. Marcus’ latest discovery was the repeat track menu. I had to reveal it to him after I got tired of pushing the back button to play Bebot over and over again for him as for some reason he became a sudden fan of Apl.de.ap which makes me wonder if his seemingly serious resentment of the Chinese activity in the West Philippine Sea influenced him–surprising for someone his age. Things changed though when he brought back home the BEP CD so that he can play it on our audio player. Since then the next most-abused disc is the one by Alvin, Theodore, and Simon. Yup, you got it, it’s the Chipmunks and their Christmas song album. The unmistakable voices of Alvin and the Chipmunks played in our car—in the middle of August, every day, every trip to school, every time he gets to be in the front passenger seat. And among the Chipmunks songs, Frosty the Snowman became his favorite driving song.

I have tried but my negotiation skills were of no use and so to join the band, so to speak, I would sing the the song while driving–my attempt to annoy him. So far Frosty  the Snowman continues, either I can now sing like a Chipmunk or he just opts to ignore my strategy. Chances are, it is the latter.  To concede, and to share my last song syndrome, let me share the song’s lyrics (thanks to Metrolyrics.com).

Hey, fellas
Why don’t you tell the kids about your ice cold friend?
Alright

Frosty the Snowman
Was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe
And a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal

Frosty the Snowman
Is a fairytale they say
He was made of snow
But the children know
How he came to life one day

There must have been some magic
In that old silk hat they found
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around

Ohh, Frosty the Snowman
Was alive as he could be
And the children say
He could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me

Frosty the Snowman
Knew the sun was hot that day
So he said, “Let’s run
And we’ll have some fun
Now before I melt away”

Down to the village
With a broomstick in his hand
Running here and there
All around the square
Saying, “Catch me if you can”

He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler, “Stop”

Oh, Frosty the Snowman
Had to hurry on his way
But he waved goodbye
Saying, “Don’t you cry
I’ll be back again some day”

Thumpety, thump, thump
Thumpety, thump, thump
Look at Frosty go…”

Frosty the Snowman ends with “And he waved goodbye, saying, “Don’t you cry I’ll be back again some day” but thanks—or no thanks—to the stereo’s repeat track feature, Frosty returns faster than we realize that it is September all over again.

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There’s another thing that makes us one more step ahead of the others—our Christmas lantern. Kudos to procrastination, our lantern and the Christmas bulbs we placed outside our house are still out there since last year. I really can’t wait for September to start so that we won’t be getting weird stares from our neighbors unlike when we accidentally hit the lantern’s switch in the middle of March.

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Mood: 3/10 Honks (They should have shown Pixels in Christmas.)

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