“Hope is the thing with feathers /That perches in the soul /And sings the tune without the words /And never stops at all.” -Emily Dickinson

Buttons for Benjamin is continuing from 2019 to February 20, 2020.  I'm offering about 25 services in exchange for 1. nothing (free); or, 2. pay-it-forward; or, 3. share Ben's info with your network.  You can find more information here:  365 Acts of Kindness

 

Day 21:  The Song:

To wrap up, I have a longer post than most.  This one takes a little imagination, but it’s easy once you get going.  Rewrite the lyrics of a popular song or a song you and a friend both love.  You can do this for one stanza, just for the chorus, or for the whole song.

This is something I did for my kids quite often. I rewrote the lyrics of a popular song and had Clark, the leader of our Teddy Bear Club, sing it.  Or I made a video of a two-part song and shared it with my kids.

Come a Little Bit Closer
This is a song rewrite I did when my youngest son Joe was a baby.  Ben was 8-years old and Kelly, my oldest, was 10-years old when Joe was born.  They liked to help me care for Joe. In fact, Kelly pretty much took him over whenever she could. He was her living doll.  One of the things I couldn’t get much help with, however, was dirty diapers.  So, one day I wrote a song about our baby Joe’s dirty diaper, set to the music of “Come a Little Bit Closer.”

V1
In a little playpen just the other side of the border
She was a’sitting there giving me looks
that made my mouth water
(she looked like a big bottle)
So I started crawling her way
She belonged to that baby Jose
And I knew, yes I knew, I should leave,
then I heard her say (ay ay)

Chorus
Come a little bit closer,
I like that diaper on you
So big and so white
Come a little bit closer, my diaper’s full
And I need one tonight.

V2
So we started to poop in our diapers
It felt so inviting
Then I just couldn’t resist just one little
(raspberry sound) so exciting.
Then I heard the guitar baby say,
“Vamos! Jose’s on his way.”
Then I knew, yes I knew I should leave,
Then I heard her say (ay ay)

Chorus
Come a little bit closer,
I like that diaper on you
So big and so white
Come a little bit closer, my diaper’s full
And I need one tonight.

Tangent
La la la la la la
(raspberry sounds)
La la la la la la
(raspberry sounds)

V3
Then the music stopped!
When I looked, the playpen was empty.
Then I heard Jose say,
“Joey baby, you in trouble plenty.”
So I dropped my bottle to the floor,
Then I crawled away to the door.
And as I crawled away, I could hear
Her say to Jose (ay ay)

Chorus
Come a little bit closer,
I like that diaper on you
So big and so white
Come a little bit closer, my diaper’s full
And I need one tonight.

 

Please feel free to do your own SAoK (Small Act of Kindness) instead. You are welcome to share it if you like.

Kids Christmas 99 and me (2)

Day 21 of 365:  The Song

Old Fashioned Wedding
This is a song I taught my kids to sing.  It was a song from senior year in high school when we put on the play Annie Get Your Gun. I loved this song because of the layered harmonies and the funny subject.  There are two parts, and I taught my kids both.  For years they liked to sing with me, at least until they became teens.  When they were older and left the house for college, I created this version, me singing both parts and, in the man’s part” singing a bit lower and wearing a “disguise.”  My kids rolled their eyes, but they were grinning.   They have a nickname for me: “Goofball.”

 

Today is the final day of a 21-Day Challenge on KindSpring.org called "Buttons for Benjamin" - 365 SAoK (Small Acts of Kindness) to help get the word out about my missing son Benjamin.  I began on Ben's 35th birthday, February 21st as a way to stay positive and proactive as the third anniversary of Ben's disappearance approached (March 2nd).  This (above) is the Day-21 blurb I wrote for the KindSpring challenge "Ben Archer's 35th Birthday Year of Kindness."  This is also my SAoK for the day below that.  I hope you have been inspired or entertained by these daily challenges.  From now on, every Tuesday, I'll be posting the week's SAoK's on under1000skies under the category "Full of Grace."