Skip to main content

Ten Things of Thankful: Mondegreens and Other Delights

Photo: A sky blue circle with a palm tree graphic and the words, "Mele Kalikimaka"


I don't often dream, or if I do, I don't often remember my dreams. I do, however, very frequently wake up with a song running through my mind. Often the song is a new one that we are learning in church choir. Other times, it is one that is familiar but that I'm unsure of all the words. My brain just goes over and over the part I don't know, trying to figure out the words. 

1. I'm thankful for how easily song lyrics can be found, even at 4 a.m. Mele kalikimaka is not a "wise" way (that doesn't make sense) nor is is "a Hawaiian's" way (there are too many syllables for the notes), but it is "Hawaii's" way to say "Merry Christmas!"

2. I'm thankful for the rabbit hole of knowledge one can learn while just trying to change the inner play list. Did you know that (according to Wikipedia) "A mondegreen is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning"? I didn't, but it's definitely a word I need to remember, since I don't seem to remember actual lyrics very well. 

3. I'm thankful that I can sing (however incorrectly) Mele Kalikimaka while enjoying a winter wonderland. As much as I love Hawaii, nothing says Christmas like snow.

Photo: The view of the snowy neighborhood outside my window
4. I'm thankful that mondegreens don't discriminate--and I'm thankful that John can figure out what the real word is!

Photo: A series of texts that read: "Do you have any idea what 'wouldn't great' is on our shopping list? I can't remember what I last told Alexa." "Wooden grate for under the sink" "YES! Thank you!"

5. I'm thankful for beautiful, ever-changing, sunsets.

Photo: A gorgeous sunset sends rays up over the snow-capped mountains
6. I'm thankful for deer. I counted nine one evening in our neighbor's front yard. This morning, one was walking the trail behind our house. 

7. I'm thankful for birds. I should probably fill a bird feeder soon.

Photo: A mourning dove (I think) rests on the branch of a maple tree
8. I'm thankful for quick, easy, inexpensive fixes. We tend to drive vehicles until they don't drive anymore (or at least until it doesn't make financial sense to keep repairing them), and often, as vehicles age, they develop personality quirks. Our van's rear hatch door lift supports recently stopped working, which meant we basically had a guillotine on wheels. Fortunately, before anyone lost a head, we were able to find the right part on Amazon for less than the cost of an oil change, and John was able to install it without any trouble in about 10 minutes. Hooray! (Or, to use voice-to-text's mondegreen, "Who Ray!") 

9. I'm thankful for those who have provided me with guest posts this week--and those that will be featured in coming weeks. If you haven't already, please read Nancy's post about the Quilts of Valor Foundation and Krista's post about Korah Kids. While you are on Nancy's post, be sure to enter the giveaway for a #LightTheWorld Christmas ornament. Your odds are exceptionally good at the time of this writing! 

10. I'm thankful for John. I'm thankful that we are on the same page when it comes to financial decisions, like #8. (My requirements for the first car we bought together--besides desiring that it ran--were that it have seatbelts and a working heater.) I'm a bit more high-maintenance now, but only barely, and fortunately John is equally modest in his wants. I'm thankful that he doesn't mind me telling him at 4 a.m. what the correct lyrics to Mele Kalikimaka are. (Just as I didn't mind when he woke me up earlier by stating in his sleep, "Off the record. . . ") Anyway, whatever words I use to say it, I'm thankful for John!

What are you thankful for this week? Have you heard any good mondegreens lately?


Comments

  1. What a happy list! Since i'm from the swamps, we didn't grow up with a White Christmas anyway, so a Hawaiian one with green palm trees would work for me.

    Your vehicle requirements sound about like mine -- an engine that makes all four wheels go the same direction at the same time, an air conditioner (the swamps are hot!) and a radio, and i will fudge on the last two if i must.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Air conditioning is definitely appreciated in hot climates!

      Delete
  2. Your gratitude list made me smile. I had never heard of that song nor of mondegreens. Now I've learned a new thing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mondegreen was a new word for me, too. :-)

      Delete
  3. What a fun post! The dove is an Eurasian collared dove.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I'm glad you could ID the bird for me. :-)

      Delete
  4. gotta love that internet, no? I had not heard the term mondegreen before this post. v cool.

    love/hate that cycle of half a song that must be extended (somehow) to a length sufficient to trigger the memory... like someone stealing half the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. very satisfying, though, when the necessary note appears and, like magic it's a song you totally know the lyrics to.
    did matching photos (sorta)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The history of mondegreen is interesting, too, but I didn't go into it in my blog post.

      I'm off to read posts now, and am curious to see what photos you posted.

      Delete
  5. I love hearing how we are constantly learning... New words, new technology yet can still take time to appreciate the history and simple things life has to offer. I don't remember my dreams very often either. I wonder if theres a name for that?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Interesting question, and one I don't know the answer to!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Even in Times of Uncertainty

  A railroad switch point on the tracks at the Golden Spike National Historic Park There is a lot I don't know. I don't know who will lead the United States for the next four years (at the time I'm composing this post, that hasn't been determined yet.) I don't know when covid cases will stop rising in my state and start decreasing. I don't know how challenging situations will turn out. There is much uncertainty in life. Living in limbo-land is hard. It's emotionally exhausting. It can be immobilizing. My body seems to think chocolate is the answer, but I know that isn't a long-term solution. What do I need in times like these? I need to REMEMBER . 1. R esilience. People are resilient. I am resilient. I'm thankful for resilience. 2. " E ach Life That Touches Ours for Good." So many people, both those I know in "real life," and those I have only met virtually, have taught me, encouraged me, and been examples to me. I'm thankful

Ten Things of Thankful: August Arrives!

A wild sunflower shows its cheery yellow petals My teacher friends are preparing to return to the classroom, whatever that looks like in their district. In any other year, I would be getting excited about BYU's Education Week. 2020 isn't like any other year, though, is it? Ed Week has been postponed to a date TBA and changed to an online format. While I am happy that I am getting projects done around the house, and I'm generally content to live the life of a hermit, I'm literally dreaming of going to Disneyland, which makes me think I must be getting a little case of cabin fever. (I'm not usually a big dreamer, or if I am, I don't usually remember my dreams. This one was particularly funny, I thought: I was in line to get into Disneyland. In front of me in line were the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Cook was having trouble and his ticket wasn't scanning. I said to the cast member, "He's OK. I can vouch fo

Ten Things of Thankful: Harvest Time Edition

  A harvest of beets, carrots, potatoes, and onions  Although I have come to love summer once again, I have always loved fall. As a child, I loved the excitement of back-to-school time. There was something so satisfying about checking off the required school supplies from the list, and the new clothes and shoes were waiting so patiently for the first day to arrive, so I could wear them. The air developed a crisp coolness, and soon it would be the holiday season.  I don't have new school supplies, nor do I have a new outfit in my closet, but I still love autumn. As an adult, September brings harvest time. I have been enjoying the bounty of the garden, and am taking mental note of what worked and what didn't, in preparation for next planting season. The temperatures are beginning the roller-coaster ride of changing seasons, and soon enough we will be celebrating holidays. One of those holidays, of course, is Thanksgiving, and what better way to prepare than to reflect back on thi