Mood: hug me
Topic: "Rooty-Toot" (6)
Frodo picked up the inside roll from the paper towel dispenser, and thought about something he had heard, a long time ago, in a place now far away. Mick, the Wonder Dog, eyed him suspiciously, knowing that something wonderful was about to happen. Frodo brought one end of the roll up to his mouth, and pointed the other in the general direction of the Wonder Dog.
"Rooty-Toot," said he, and the Wonder Dog's mouth fell ajar as he noted Frodo's voice coming out of the far end of the paper towel toll. "Rooty-Toot," repeated Frodo, over and over again, until the Wonder Dog finally established that he would have to grab the paper towel roll from Frodo's mouth, and run off with it in order to determine how Frodo had gotten his voice inside the roll. The laughter from Sam was matched only by the sparkling eyes of the major participant in this new, and most exciting of games in the Shire.
Some days later, Sam asked Frodo what had caused him to think of using the paper towel roll in order to throw his voice. Frodo said, "Sam, I give all the credit to Jimmy Dean."
"The sausage guy?" queried Sam.
"Jimmy Dean had a TV Show back in the 50's, sponsored by Wilkins Coffee, which was, of course, the product that introduced the 'Muppets'. In addition to a little yodeling and a little cowboy-type stuff, Jimmy Dean would tell stories and participate in skits as the 'Muppets' moved from the commercials onto the main stage."
"So one year, and Frodo guesses it had to be just before Christmas, he heard Jimmy Dean talk about Christmas in the place where he had lived as a little boy, which was a community so small that it only had one store, which also happened to be a gas station."
"Yeah," said Sam expectantly, if not bored.
"There was but a single bathroom in the back of the station, and people had to take turns using it. We kids always looked forward to Christmas because it took about a year for the single roll of toilet paper to be all used up, leaving only the inside roll which we would purloin from one another and run all over God's Creation bellowing "Rooty-toot, Rooty-toot" through that roll."
It was the present we kids all wanted; to get this year's "Rooty-Toot."
Sam just stared at Frodo, "How do you remember these things?"
Jimmy Dean, aged 81, died today.