Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bunny foo foo

Strange... you can go for years without thinking about oddities from your youth and then, some little thing will remind you (like the picture above) or this from YouTube. Imagine my surprise when I listened to several of the different versions of the song my kids used to sing in Girl Scouts. This version is relatively harmless, but some of them were... not.

Back when I was a leader we had a million little songs our girls sang. I wonder if kids do that anymore? Huh, they used to sing The Ants Go Marching In and Make New Friends, the ever popular Kum By Ya (click here for a performance on the Ed Sullivan show!)

Something I read recently speculated that there's no such thing as innocence. Would a variety show of today have the gentle Benedictine nuns singing Kum By Ya? Probably not... not a wardrobe malfunction to be seen.

It seems sad to me that the simple pleasures are lost. Little girls aren't little girls anymore. Singing around a campfire is too square (or whatever the cool word is now.) Little girls are worried about wearing makeup and thong panties and shaving their legs. At ten and eleven, they're not playing dolls--they're discussing blow job techniques.

And likely, most of them never have heard of Bunny Foo Foo.



  1. What's a bunny foo foo? Sounds dangerous

  2. [sing along]
    Little Bunny Foo Foo hoppin' through the forest,
    Picking up the field mice and boppin' 'em on the head.

    Anny, you sound cynical this morning. I know lots of little girls, and some little boys, too, and I promise they sit around the campfire singing songs, including "Little Bunny Foo Foo."

    Makeup and thongs and blow job techniques (!) are not on the minds of most 11- and 12-year olds.

  3. Never learned Little Bunny Foo-Foo until six years ago, believe it or not...

    When S was eleven/twelve, she joined in her brother's BSA campfire songs. Now she's fourteen and is involved in writing her own spoof of Wizard of Oz/Hannah Montana/High School Musical. They're combining all 3 into one strange play...

    Can you find a use for this WV: Uncen???

  4. Some kids still are that innocent--but they get laughed at by their peers.

    wv: woota

  5. I agree with Cindy on that. It just depends. My little girl did the 'innocent' fun songs while some of her peers were dabbling in makeup and talking about boys. One thing that really bothered me was the BRATZ thing. The little girls on this cartoon were completely trashy, devious and manipulative and it was OKAY. Adults put that show on the air for children. Just boggles the mind.

  6. Oh, I think Anny has a point, I'm afraid. Yes, there are still a few innocents out there, but most girls in big cities are already wearing thongs and having oral sex in the sixth grade. I can't even imagine. I grew up in Phoenix, and I thought it was bad that by fourteen most girls I knew had lost their virginity.
    It'd be wonderful to imagine a worldd where kids could still be kids for as long as possible, however. There's something to be said for that.