Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Smelly Cat Song

It is perhaps a sign of the times that my family spent part of Sunday arguing over the words to the "Smelly Cat Song." The big Sunday dinner has been a tradition in our family since I was a kid, and probably long before that. We used to get together at my grandmother's house, with all the cousins. Not every Sunday, but many ~ and nearly every holiday. Later, Mother started cooking for our own family, and the tradition continued. Usually, some or all of my brothers and sisters come over and bring their families. It was my niece who started the "Smelly Cat" conversation. She is a great fan of "Friends" ~ she has it on DVD. Being the expert, she was right about the lyrics. But it amuses me that her mother knew enough about the song to argue the point. Pop culture pervades every aspect of American life, and our house is no exception. The important thing is, we still get together on Sundays. We have our meal ~ sometimes home cooked, and other times take-out (Pizza King loves us). We sit around and half-watch "Columbo," and chat, and catch up on things. We might watch "Coal Miner's Daughter" or "Forrest Gump" or "The Quiet Man." If this once the conversation turned to "The Smelly Cat," it just adds to the multi-generational dimension of Sunday dinner.

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