When I was in the first grade, I was selected to play Bambi's mother in the school play in Germany. Man, I loved that costume. It had a deer hat that I wanted to wear all. the. time. I'm pretty sure that I wore the costume as pajamas until I couldn't fit into them anymore. But I digress...
There were lots of songs (I even had a solo), but the one I remember was the song that the rabbits sang to Thumper. It went something like this, "If you can't say something nice...SHHH!!! Say nothing!" That song was playing through my mind today - not because I wanted to say anything that wasn't nice. I was seeing some pretty negative stuff on a communication line with folks who work on remote sites. It wasn't to me or about me or about anyone in my work site, but it was just so negative and so petty I couldn't stand it anymore and I turned the source of the communication off. It was unsettling and I haven't been able to shake it off today.
So, for the happier part of this post, which I did not plan or think of until I mentioned the solo I sang as Bambi's mother (in the cleaned-up, first grade version, my character did not die, by the way). It was a pretty little song.
"I'll call him Bambi, my little fawn.
He'll chase the sunbeams sparkling at dawn.
I'll call him Bambi, and when he's grown
Brave, tall and proud he'll stand,
Prince of the forest land.
Just like his father, little Bambi will be."
Hmmm. I haven't thought about that in a long time. I'll have to see if there are any pictures. I think I remember seeing one once...