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SoCS: Betcha By Golly Dr. Seuss Knew a Thing or Two


Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “golly gee.” Use “golly gee” or another interjection that displays the same sentiment in your post. Enjoy! Thanks, Linda!

Golly gee whiz! Gee willikers! Wiskers on a fish! Fish who can talk! Dr. Seuss knew all about them. So many things we have yet to see. After all, “the universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” That’s one of my favorite quotes, but I don’t know who said it, right this minute.

Expressions of amazement like, golly gee, remind me of my dad and the 1960s. Sometimes he’d say,
“Holy Mackerel!” or “Holy Mackerel Andy!” Maybe it was in response to one of his children getting an A on a test. Maybe it was when he caught a big fish. Maybe when he saw something amazing on TV, in living color no less, like a giant horse or a flying saucer. No, something bigger, something fantastic! I can’t think of what that would be right now. But the TV is on now (Friday night) and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is coming on, so we go back to Dr. Seuss.

I like the animated version of The Grinch better than the one with actors. I guess there’s a nostalgia in the sweet singing of the Whos down in Whoville. A lot happened in those 30 minutes. My favorite line is the one about,

Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.

Something like that.

Those old expressions of amazement are lots of fun, they’re the cat’s meow, a real humdinger, like that Dr. Seuss guy.

The first song I thought of when I read the prompt was “Betcha By Golly Wow, by the Stylistics. It doesn’t get much smoother than this. 1972. Golly, that was a year to remember! My high school sweetheart left me standing there for the long and winding road so we could both grow up and grow up some more, till the time was right for another Betcha by Golly Wow.

Thanks to our Stream of Consciousness Saturday host Linda Hill for this fun prompt! For rules and more streams, visit Linda’s post here.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

19 thoughts on “SoCS: Betcha By Golly Dr. Seuss Knew a Thing or Two

  1. Hi JoAnna…love The Grinch…Dr. Seuss…and this post! Love how you could hear your dad in your mind. So many times I will say something that my mother used to say and I stop immediately because I didn’t realize that “I” used that particular expression. And then I think that “I don’t say that,” and I think it must be my mom reminding me that she lives on inside me!
    I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving and that things are going well in your part of the world. 😊💜

    • Thank you so much for this lovely comment and the good wishes, Lorrie. I love how you describe your mom comes out in you sometimes. That’s happened to me, too. I’m able to laugh and enjoy this more as time goes on. May the best of our ancestors live on in us and those we love! Peace and Blessings to you. ❤ 🙂

      • It happened just yesterday…and I did laugh! You know the saying how we all end up being our mothers…I’m happy she lives on in me. I know how lucky I am to have her! 💜 Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving…I know you live in gratitude🙏

        • The older I get, the more I appreciate my mother. I hope she knows. I live in gratitude except when I occasionally forget. You remind me of my best self. I am grateful for you, Lorrie. Best wishes for a December full of peace, wonder and sparkle! 🙂 ❤

  2. Love this post, as to the music great minds almost think alike 💜💜💜

  3. The Grinch was not part of my childhood. Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane with your song choice 🙂

    • I don’t remember the Grinch being part of my childhood, but I did watch the short, animated version with my kids, and the stop-motion musical of Rudolph before that. Glad you enjoyed memory lane with the song. 🙂

  4. “Holy Mackerel Andy!” (or “Holy Mackerel Sapphire”) was a line from the oft-maligned “Amos & Andy.” Just thought I’d mention it…

    “Betcha By Golly Wow,” by the Stylistics, on “Soul Train”…. can’t get much more ’70’;s than that… I used to spend Saturday afternoon watching it. How about you?

    • I watched American Bandstand more since that’s what my older sister watched, but I did venture into Soul Train later after she got married. I have some vague recollection of Amos and Andy.

  5. You made me smile when I read, “I like the animated version of The Grinch better than the one with actors.” These are good memories, JoAnna – I seriously don’t know why they even attempted to improve upon that version.

    • I’m happy I made you smile. 🙂 I’m not usually a fan of cartoons, but the original Grinch cartoon is a sweet classic. It said all that was needed in half an hour.

  6. Thank you for sharing!!… “Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown)… 🙂

    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday filled with peace and live and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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