Thursday, March 26, 2009

Oompa Loompa Loompah-dee Doo

Children are so literal.

Last night, while in the bath, I joked to the boyz: "You know, if you stay in the bath too long, your hands will get all shriveled (along with other body parts). You'll turn into a prune!"

(I'm not above employing scare tactics to get them to abide by my will.)

(Hey, whatever works.)

Middle's and Baby's eyes peered up at me seriously.

I kept on rambling: "You know, like how Violet Beauregarde became a blueberry in the chocolate factory!"
"So if you guys don't listen when I tell you to get out of the tub, you'll turn into prunes! And then the Oompa-Loompas will come and start singing about you!"
Needless to say, their little bodies scurried out of the tub with minimal complaints.

And our nightly routine carried on.

BUT THEN, this evening, Baby was instructed to wash his hands before dinner.

After cleansing, he came out of the bathroom and approached me, his hands still dripping wet, his eyebrows furrowed in deep thought.

"Momma, if I get my hands wet, will dey get all crinkly and 'den turn into prunes?"

I replied, "No buddy" (not even calling to mind our previous evening's conversation).

"Okay. Because I don't want Oompa-Loompas to come and take me."


AND THEN, guess who was crying in his bed tonight? guessed it, frigging OOMPA-LOOMPAS.

(Note to self: Refrain from discussing creepy orange-faced singing midgets in front of the children.)

(Another note to self: Don't let Baby watch Wizard of Oz anytime soon.)

So does this song stick in your head like it does mine?

Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do
I have a perfect puzzle for you
Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-dee
If you are wise, you'll listen to me

What do you get when you guzzle down sweets?
Eating as much as an elephant eats
What are you at getting terribly fat?
What do you think will come of that?

I don't like the look of it

Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-da
If you're not greedy, you will go far
You will live in happiness too
Like the Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do


Banteringblonde said...

hahaha! I always get this song stuck in my head!

Dorene said...

Not 5 minutes before I read this post my 4 year old asked if she was going to "fall apart". And what happens if she falls apart. You're not going to fall apart, I told her. But she kept at it.
And then I remembered. Last weekend she asked why does grandma take so much medicine. "Because she is falling apart", I joked.


Mrs. Schmitty said...

YIKES! Been there....we moms say the dumbest things sometimes! LOL

Allison said...

yeah thanks for the song for the WHOLE DAY!

I love that movie. - the original! not the weird one with an unflattering johnny depp.

Kids are so silly when it comes to sarcasm. I forget that they can't comprehend it yet.

Cassie said...

That's probably how one of my friends came to be terrified of oompa loompas. HA! The funniest part is that after he dumped his last girlfriend, she dressed up as an oompa loompa to go to a Halloween party she knew he would be at!

Michelle said...

hahah! I love that song! And this sounds exactly like something that would happen to me!

Manic Mommy said...

Whoops! I'd do that. And HRH would totally take it literally.

We don't plan on letting the boys see Wizard of Oz until they're like 30!

Patois42 said...

Hahahahahaha. And ha!

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

HaHA, so funny!!! I love that show, such a classic!!!

Kelly said...

Those Oompas gives me the creeps, too.

Michele R said...

That is so funny! I used to sign the Oompa Loompa song at bathtime too--probably because we'd seen the older movie together. Love that movie. I always suggest that one of mine be an Oompa Loompa for Halloween but they won't listen.

Sarah @ said...


Maybe you can tell a funny story about oompa loompas that will make the fear of being carried of as a prune a little less drastic?

Mom of 5 said...

We discovered that this was the only song that would calm Bubba down as a baby. You have no idea how many times I walked the halls at 2 a.m. hoarsely mumbling this song over and over just so he wouldn't scream. Ditto in the car. It was a 20 minute drive to daycare from home. So, 40 minutes daily for the drive,and sometimes hours one end in the middle of the night.

It's no wonder my eye starts twitching every time Willy Wonka comes on TV.


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