Exactly How Fast IS a Fox in Socks?

I told you last time that I don’t exactly identify with actors. With that said, they do certainly provide a fair amount of amusement.

To cap off our Arts @ the Aviary meeting last Sunday, Nathan Bird and Elisabeth Smith participated in a competition of epic proportions.  Have you ever read Dr. Seuss’s book Fox in Socks? 

Cover of "Fox in Socks (Beginner Books)"
Cover of Fox in Socks (Beginner Books)

*Thank you Nathan’s brother Isaac – it was an excellent Christmas gift!  It is a tongue-twister of a read. In fact, the inside cover says, “Take it Slowly.  This Book is DANGEROUS!”  Even at a leisurely clip, there are high chances of tripping over your teeth.   Here is one of my favorite excerpts:

“We’ll find something new to do now.
Here is lots of new blue goo now.
New goo. Blue goo.
Gooey. Gooey.
Blue goo. New goo.
Gluey. Gluey.”

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss,  published by Random House

Despite that in-cover warning, Nathan and Elisabeth set out to see who could most speedily readily this Seussily bookily.

The rule was that if they messed up any of the words, they had to go back to the beginning of the page they were on.  As Elisabeth sat in the living room warming up her lips, we could hear Nathan gargling in the bathroom.  As it turns out he wasn’t gargling at all; he was just doing lipbuzzes while washing his hands. My understanding is that the handwashing had nothing to do with the reading competition but was just the appropriate action after using the bathroom…but you know how these drama people are.

Whatever Nathan was doing, it was enough to put the heat on Elisabeth. The nervous energy in the room was palpable.  She assumed ready position, hand set to turn the page.  And GO!

And the blue ribbon goes to…………..

Elisabeth, who clocked in at 3 minutes, 54 seconds (give or take a few).  Nathan did finish strong, though,  at 4 minutes, 17 seconds (give or take a few).

Silly? Yes. Creative? Yup. Fun? Uh-huh. Recommended?  Definitely.

By Naomi Bird

Wife of tenor Nathan Bird, pianist, organist, former music therapist, writer, tea-drinker, mom of two mini-sopranos and two mini-tenors, and learner of loving the arts.

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s