I found myself whistling as we drove to or from a soccer game with the grand daughters over the weekend.

Why I retrieved this one particular tune from the cobwebs I will never know.

“I’ll bet you two don’t have any idea where that tune came from” I challenged.

They thought they sort of knew, but couldn’t come up with the name of the show.

I even gave them a hint. It’s about a horse, I told them.

“OOOH I know! I know!” exclaimed Taryn, the six year old. Her older sister snorted. “You do NOT know what you’re talking about.”

I relented. “The show was called Mister Ed.” To which Taryn offered…

“Yeah, I saw that and there was a parrot and gray people.”

Bingo. A 1961 sit-com. Black and white. Gray people.

[She even got the details right. Season ONE episode 9: Mister Ed teaches some new phrases to a visiting parrot.]

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Published by fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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