It's all peace, love and tree sloths at our house these days: Bud is a fan of the new PBS show It's a Big, Big World. This delightful show is a mix of computer animation and puppetry and stars Snook, a slow-moving tree sloth who speaks in the listless, you-do-your-thing-I'll-do-mine kind of hippie-speak that the guy down the hall in college who smoked way too much marijuana used to use.
Bud has the sort of echolalia in which he not only adopts the words in a script; he also adopts the tone, the dialect, the inflection, the cadence - everything. He's the boy of a thousand voices: he sounds Australian when he's doing the Wiggles; he can do back-and-forth high-brow British and cockney accents when the Tubbies segment calls for it; and you have to hear it for yourself to truly appreciate his rendition of Ruby the Bunny as he tries to give Daddy a make-over, complete with beehive hairdo. So it's been a lot of fun lately to watch him do his slow sloth-like shuffle around the house, sounding totally - well, to be honest - stoned.
He greets his dad at the door with a sluggish, drawn out "Heeeyyyy... you came back to hang with us!"
His grandmother gets a different, equally lethargic greeting: "Heeeyyyy, Nana... how's it going?"
But my favorite greeting came as we drove down a rural street on our way home from school and I slowed the car as we passed a group of wild turkeys. One of the turkeys was primed for mating - his head held high, his wattle a brilliant red, his chest puffed up and thrust forward, his tail feathers in full plumage. He was strutting his stuff and was clearly out to impress the ladies.
And that's when I heard from the back seat, "Heeeeeyyyyy, turkey... lookin' good!"
I laughed so hard I almost drove off the road.
So, my thanks to PBS for a very sweet new show filled with lovable characters and singable songs and, mostly, for a lot of great laughs.
Peace out, man.