i have proof.
assuring me that i would sit only in my own plume.
anyway, at this age (and for several years surrounding it) i had a favorite song. while i have previously made claims that i have no shame, i do find myself hesitating to admit that i had a 60 minute cassette tape (30 minutes, each side) of peter paul and mary's puff the magic dragon over and over again.
this led to my childhood nickname of puff. (please note that if you call me puff i will sew pillows from your skin.) my parents called me this for many years, until like most children do, i evolved.
i soon became obsessed with penguins and their assorted arctic friends. my family spent many a visit to the new england aquarium trekking back to the penguin exhibit so i could witness their feed times (ALL of their feed times) and dream of one day becoming a fish-slinger myself. ahhh, the dreams of children.
later, i pretty much made it clear that if my father did not procure for me the five foot stuffed penguin from a local shop's christmas display window, that i would never forgive him, eventually growing up to be a stripper and marrying some gun-toting bud swiller. or maybe a mormon. as any good parent would do, he acquiesced. the penguin lived in my bedroom, like a giant velour penguin should, and sometimes served as a bed.
i have had many nicknames since, including but not limited to: kat, lucy, that drunk girl, kendrita, and kennebunkport.
today i got a new one.
Squiggle is learning to knit. she saw one of the students had on her dream scarf, and so wanted to send this student to me so i could peruse said scarf and get the scoop.
Squiggle: can you do me a favor and go show this scarf to miss kendra?
Squiggle: you know. miss kendra. you know.
student: you mean greased lightning?
student: you know, because she dresses like she's from the fifties, like in that movie grease. so greased lightning.
i'm automatic. i'm systematic. i'm hydromatic...
why i'm greased lightnin'!
and a rousing chorus of you know that i ain't braggin', she's a real pussy wagon - greased lightnin' should seal the deal...