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Rocky & Randy Raccoon September 28, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play.

When our niece Emily visited, she loved playing with our informal collection of stuffed animals ~ teddy bears,  monkeys, zebras, and raccoons.  

Her favorites, Rocky and Randy Raccoon, generally had their arms wrapped around each other in a perpetual hug, clasped shut with Velcro fasteners.  

Over time, the Velcro gave way and Rocky and Randy could no longer hug one another.  Instead of a tight embrace, their long arms flapped about comically.

Unperturbed by this turn of events, three-year-old Emily grinned at Randy’s flapping arms and announced, “Look . . . Randy is a loose woman!”

We roared.

Flap . . . Flap . . . Flap . . . they called her the Flapper. 

Related post:  “I’m Not Listening, Uncle BFF!”


1. BrainRants - September 28, 2011

Those moments make you yearn for a “record” button in the brain that can download to a laptop. Gems.

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

I agree! Emily’s mom used to send us letters filled with her four kids “dialogue” with each other and with her. Reading through their carefully recorded thoughts and observations always made us smile . . . and feel part of the action. 😀

2. suzicate - September 28, 2011

Hilarious! The things kids say crack me up!

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

I wish I had done a better job of recording their wit and witticisms when they were young ~ a few of their comments stayed with me. This is one of them. 😀

3. andalibmarks - September 28, 2011

She sounds like a hoot!!

Such wit at such an early age!! She’s gonna be a live one!!


nrhatch - September 28, 2011

Emily is a master debater . . . now attending the University of Chicago.

4. andalibmarks - September 28, 2011

OK, so I only realized that she’s freshman in college (after reading your other post)
I trust she still has that wit – and sass no doubt!!

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

Different nieces . . . but they are both college freshman. One in Chicago and one in Florida.

5. misswhiplash/Patrecia - September 28, 2011

children always say what
they feel..unlike us adults who manage not to say ,,just in case

could n’t you tie a pretty ribbon around their paws so that they would still be together.

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

Rocky and Randy are long gone . . . as are the rest of our stuffed animals. As we moved from place to place, we’ve jettisoned tons of stuff.

We travel best when we travel light. 😀

6. Maggie - September 28, 2011

I laughed out loud!

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

We did too! Comments by wee ones often remind me of the layers in Shrek . . . dialogue with nuances that entertain adults on one level and children at another level entirely.

7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - September 28, 2011

Oh she’s going to hear that story for the rest of her life!

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

I have to check and see if she remembers Rocky and Randy ~ I remember Gaylord the Dog . . . and I played with him when I was no more than two! 😀

8. thirdhandart - September 28, 2011

A very cute, funny story! Thank you for sharing.

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

We have lots of photos of the kids as youngsters, but not many recorded stories . . . so, I’m trying to capture a few “Kodak moments” in words.

9. spilledinkguy - September 28, 2011

reminds me of an old sign I saw once (or a newly made sign meant to look old) that said, “Beware of Pickpockets and Loose Racoons!”
(or… something along those lines, anyway)!

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

I think I’ve seen that sign somewhere. Ooh . . . I need to Google it! 😀

10. Tori Nelson - September 28, 2011

Hahahaha! This is the exact reason I have a whole notebook filled with funny things my niece says 🙂

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

I wish I’d kept better track of my nieces and nephews comments when they were young ~ both their intentional witticisms and the unintended “play on words.”

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

Tori ~ Not sure what you’ve got on your home page, but I’ve tried to visit twice. Both times, my computer froze in its tracks.

I tried. 😀

11. adeeyoyo - September 28, 2011

Aah wish we could remember all those faux pas!!!

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

I’m trying to remember a few more of these little gems, but my memory is NOT what it once was. 😉

12. gospelwriter - September 28, 2011

A perpetual hug can become cloying, apparently even for stuffed animals. 😉 And Rocky Raccoon sure does bring back memories – another of McCartney’s “silly love songs” (one could say), albeit with a twist. Nevertheless, a longtime fave of mine in the ‘just for fun’ category.

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

Hugs can becoming suffocating . . . we need room to breathe!

I’d forgotten about Paul’s little ballad. 😀

13. SidevieW - September 28, 2011

I always thought Racoons were so cute. Then when I got to the USA I was so sad to discover they are rather grumpy

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

The raccoons that visited our bird feeders in MD would come and knock on the sliding glass doors if the feeders were empty!

They are NOT shy. 😀

14. jeanne - September 28, 2011

Hysterical…wonder where she heard that one?

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

I’ve always assumed that she created it on the spot by putting “loose” and “woman” together without seeing the phrase’s other meaning . . . but maybe she had been listening at door. 😀

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16. kateshrewsday - September 28, 2011

I love that: kids say the best things. 😀

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

I’m trying to think of one anecdote for each of our 10 nieces and nephews ~ my memory banks haven’t thrown open the doors to those distant years . . . yet. 😉

17. souldipper - September 28, 2011

Who knew that holding on tight kept you from being a loose woman?! Boy did I do life backwards! 🙂

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

You made me laugh. 😆

18. Booksphotographsandartwork - September 28, 2011

LOL. Oh my gosh that’s hysterical. I love these little tidbits from kids.

nrhatch - September 29, 2011

I am working to recall a few more . . . slow going to mine the memory banks. 😉

19. Tilly Bud - September 29, 2011

A classic!

nrhatch - September 29, 2011

I wouldn’t want to return to those days (and have to live my life over again from that point) but I’d love to go back in time and visit my nieces and nephews as “tiny tots” for a few hours. 😀

20. eof737 - September 30, 2011

ROTFLOL! 😆 Kids have the best lines… and materials for us to write on. I love it. 🙂

nrhatch - September 30, 2011

I’m still drawing a blank on some of them, but I thought about one for Sarah . . . “It’s All Relative.”

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