Last year, when my three year old niece started pre-school, she sang me a song about a peanut with slightly different lyrics than the one Jennifer's grandson sang:
"Peanut sittin' on the railroad track/His heart was all aflutter/Along came a train and smushed him flat/Oh oh, peanut butter"
Very, very cute.
But now, a year later, I have a billion questions:
How do we know he's a he? Why is he sitting on the tracks? Why's his heart "aflutter?" Is he in love? Thinking about Ms. Peanut? Mr. Peanut? Is this the tale of a peanut who experiences unrequited love? Decides to end it all by waiting on the tracks for the big sleep? Or is he "aflutter" because someone loves him? Is he aware of the approaching train? Is this even about love? Indeed, are peanuts even capable of love? Is "aflutter" a substitue for "despondent" because it fits into the rhyme scheme? Can peanuts feel emotion? Are they alive when we break open their shell? Do they prefer to be salted? Are there cannibal peanuts?
I need to know, is this a tragedy of passion or the tale of a peanut not fully aware of his surroundings?
Sigh...we teach three year old kids songs like these with no idea of what it will do to the inquisitive (and deranged) minds of those they will sing it to.