Today's Wonder of the World is... Whistling!
Flickr photo by kenrickmr
Do you whistle when you're happy? When you hear joyful people whistling, does it make you want to join in merrily? Or pop a cork in their mouths?
I've wanted to be a whistling dervish ever since I watched that Globetrotter cartoon video in yesterday's post on globes.
I love those guys and their amazing talents. And that song!
I've always wished I could whistle along, but alas I am deficient in the whistling department.
When I was small, how I longed to whistle along with my favorite cardigan wearing neighbor.
Even though Mr. Rogers said he liked me just the way I was, I wanted so badly to whistle with him. Why couldn't I do it?
For years people tried to teach me to whistle, but I've finally come to accept the fact that I'm just not a whistler. I can only whistle by sucking in, which produces a wimpy, pitiful sound, a whistle which makes people give me the puppy face, and then they roll up their sleeves, determined to turn me into a whistler. They're always sure that they can teach me, train me up in the way I should go, whistling wise. They sit me down and show me the inner workings of their mouths. But it's no use.
I shall never whistle the Andy Griffith Show theme song all the way to Mayberry. But that's okay. He does a fine job without me.
Hey! There he is in his sheriff's uniform. I wonder if he has a police whistle?
That gives me a great idea...I could buy my own whistle!
Look at the whistles I found! Loran Scruggs makes them and sells them in her etsy shop, loranscruggs.etsy.com, along with all sorts of fun things made from tin cans and bottle caps.
Photo by loranscruggs.etsy.com
Isn't that cute?
And for Halloween, here's a bat one.
Photo by loranscruggs.etsy.com
Whistling with recycled whistles is a great way to go green.
Another way to go green is to whistle with an acorn.
Flickr photo by Brice Daniels
Or have grandma show you how to whistle with a blade of grass.
Flickr photo by LaLoux
Now that I can do!
Speaking of grandmas, my in-laws are coming to our house today. They're going to spend the night with us, and then scoot on down to Sumter to see Stuart, Todd's brother, get off the plane from his tour in Iraq! Finally Stu is coming home! He's been in Iraq since May, so I'm sure my sister in law Swanee and his four girls are whistling away right now, happy as larks.
I know we are. (Even if I have to whistle sucking in.)
I'm also whistling because my house is covered in dog hair, and I have some tidying up to do before my in-laws arrive. I need to...
Flickr photo by Atomic Village
I hate--I mean I do not really enjoy cleaning, but sometimes it has to be done.
I'll motivate myself with the reward of a hot tea and a good book when I'm done.
I know the perfect book!
Guess how I'll know that the water is ready...
Flickr photo by Five eyes
It'll give a little whistle!
Have a wonder-full Friday and a great weekend y'all!
If Jiminy Cricket makes your teeth hurt from sweetness and you'd like to whistle along with something weirder, try this! I have to admit, I can't stop watching it!