Clifford, Dora, Caillou, & Arthur: “The Things We Think, But Do Not Say”

randomlychad  —  September 15, 2011 — 11 Comments
'watching clifford, the big red dog' photo (c) 2005, evan p. cordes - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The media-savvy among you will notice that the subtitle of today’s post is taken from Jerry Maguire’s job-ending manifesto in that eponymous film.

But don’t worry: I’m not free-fallin’. 😉

What I am interested in are the catchphrases that have entered our cultural lexicon; such as:

“Show me the money!” I think Cuba Gooding, jr. won his Academy Award based solely upon his delivery of this line. (Plus there some talk of air-drying and shoplifting as well).

And:

“You had me at hello.” Who can forget Renee Zellweger (as Dorothy Boyd-Maguire) delivering this line. Aww! (Shoot me now).

Anyway, this post isn’t about Jerry Maguire, but about those things that have–because I’m a parent–entered my cultural lexicon.

About the things that I think, but have left unsaid. Until now.

(And if you’re at all like me, I know you’re wondering these things, too. Let me be your voice today).

Like:

What’s in Dora’s backpack that Swiper is always so keen on swiping? (My guess: drugs. And Boots is the mastermind. Either that, or he’s an undercover agent. In any case I heard he was the inspiration behind Suburban Auto Group’s successful “Trunk Monkey” ads. Or not).

Caillou. ‘Nuff said. (Whiny, bald-headed punk).

And don’t get me started on Arthur and D.W.! I mean if it’s your goal as a parent to let your kids learn how to whine, and squabble, by all means let ’em watch back-to-back episodes of Caillou and Arthur. Just sayin’.

One last one:

How can Emily Elizabeth and her family afford to keep Clifford in kibbles–and who picks up his big, red loads? I mean you would need a Caterpiller!

Anyway, these are but some fixtures of my cultural landscape. What’s in yours?

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  • Great questions, but no answers. The world will never know. PS- when Clifford goes number one, there’s gotta be flash flood warnings in three counties, right?

    • Jared, exactly--those in the know aren't talking. 3 counties? I imagine that would be the case if Clifford didn't live on tiny Birdwell Island! It's a flash flood there everyday! (several times a day)

  • When I worked at a toy store in college, I had to dress up as Arthur, DW, and Franklin the turtle. Those mascot costumes are hot and heavy.

    • Yes, they are. I dressed as a cow for Chick-fil-A. 🙂 In fact, I was the "chicken hawker"--had to stand out front & sample the chicken.

  • Why are we watching anything besides Phineas & Ferb?

    • Because I kick it old school! 😉

  • I read a Cliffor book to my 3-year-old the other day. He got a job helping the police and was able to pay for his own food. True story.

    • At least someone is paying for his food!