Wednesday, March 28, 2007

"May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose!"

So I had a lovely sentimental email all written in my head today. Lots of people I know are going through serious, sad and scary stuff. As a result of this and of my own dissatisfaction, I am feeling quite a tenseness in my throat and chest. I think that this means that I am not expressing how I am feeling properly. (All of my emotions get stuck in my digestive system, whether that be my stomach or my throat.) So I had a deep think about what I wanted to say and I decided I would write it when I got home tonight.

But then things changed.

All day today I have had ridiculous songs in my head. It began with an irate customer giving me grief. Usually I can remain calm as I 'fix it.' Today I was getting frustrated and out of nowhere I heard the chorus of an old song fill my head. As the man walked away I distinctly heard, "May the bird of paradise fly up your nose!"

Now usually I try very hard to make sure I have positive feelings for people. Most of the time at work I can find the calm center of a situation and use that to diffuse it. But today I was on the edge. I could feel my tenseness growing. But then there it was. A voice in my head. It saved my day and the unexpected ridiculousness of it made me grin from ear to ear.

So I cannot fix your problems or heal your sadness, but I can tell you what helped me a little today. When someone bothers you or angers you or frustrates you, try smiling at them and letting your eyes sparkle a little. Silently wish them well and then sing a little ditty at them in your head. It goes like this: "May the bird of paradise fly up your nose!"

I guarantee you'll feel better.

(May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose) - Lyrics

... and I'll write my sentimental post very soon, I promise.


Dreamer Girl said...

I'll remember that song :)


Remiman said...


Thanks. ;-)

Colorsonmymind said...

oh you are so adorable sweetie

sending you love

daisies said...

this so made me giggle ~ i needed a giggle today, thank you!

Tori said...

I was taking a sip of water when I read the end of this post and well let's just say that my desk is a bit wet now. Thanks for the laugh and for reminding me that is is okay to verbalize those thoughts that are in my head sometimes!

Karen Beth said...

This is great! I need a trick like this to keep under my hat for tensions that I've had lately. THANK YOU! :)

melba said...


Thinking of you today for some reason and then I clicked on Jamie's wishcasting and saw your wish.

As Megg wishes for herself I wish for her as well!


Jessie said...

ha! i love it! i used to have several piercings in my face and a couple of spikes in my ears. i, um, looked a little weird to some of the conservative old people that would come into the small town flower shop that i worked at. i used to make a game out of getting them to like me by the time they left the store. i never really did it on was just something i did.

your little song though...oh, there were some days i REALLY would have liked to try that out! :)-

HoBess said...

You had me at "All of my emotions get stuck in my digestive system ..."

true true true. I'll keep the bird in hand, thanks!

Frida said...

You are gorgeous.
I wonder if there is any chance of a bird of paradise actually flying up the nose of death, warlords and arms producers?
We should have a quiet word with that bird.

la vie en rose said...

heehee...well this is certainly a creative way to handle it...and love you!

bee said...

oh, god. where does that song come from? that is tooo funny.


thank you for making me SMILE.

Schmoops said...

Hi Megg! I am settling in to pour over your blog but wanted to tell you I totally remember that song! Too funny. Thanks for the laugh. xoxo

Amber said...

LOL! I love it. I am going to remember this when I need it...But I might change the ending. 'cause that's just how I roll. ;)


Anonymous said...

HA! That sounded so familar and then I realized that I was recalling the "Irish" version, which less politely (but more satisfyingly) declares the bird fly "up your arse!"

Gypsy Purple said...

What a great post!!!

ceanandjen said...

I am very late to reading this, but it still applies...and it make me smile big!!!


jzr said...

This is just what I've been needing!! Thanks So Much!!

Heather said...

Ha ha - my Dad used to sing that song!