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Armpit lemurs

February 18th, 2004 (10:10 am)
current song: The B-52s

Recently discovered at our house: the CABAL, the Chelmsford Alliance of Bilateral Armpit Lemurs.

It started, as so many things do, with "Three Blind Mice". A couple of months ago, the kids heard the song for the first time; a day later, Arthur asked me to sing it again ("hear the mice?"). So I did, and had my hands scurry over his body, imitating mice. Then, at the end of the song, the mice ran into his armpits and tickled him. He loved it, Elizabeth loved it, it became a standard. Now we have variants ("How many mice do you have in your armpits? SOOO many!"), and it's spread to other species ("..and this little piggy went wee, wee, wee, all the way to your armpit!").

Mix into this our kids' love of lemurs (triggered by the TV show Zoboomafoo). Recently, lemurs started showing up in the armpits; yesterday, Cynthia referred to "armpit lemurs", and I started looking for a good acronym. I really wanted to do something spelled "babble", but that didn't work out.