Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Eli 8.0 was engrossed in finding the names of various states in a word search puzzle from the kids menu at a local restaurant.

"I can't find California," he said.

"Look for the letter 'F'," Gloria said.

"Why?" he asked.

"Not many states have the letter 'F' in their name," Gloria said. "For California, it's like a label."

"Look for the F-ing label," I sang.

"When you are buying a coat, dress or blouse," Gloria sang.

"What is happening here?" Eli 8.0 asked.

Let me just establish, quite clearly, that we do not burst into song in public places (or any other places, for that matter) on a regular basis. However, the song Look For The Union Label was an iconic tune of the mid-1970s, so much so that 35 years later, Gloria immediately understood the reference.

Oh, and if you've never heard it, you really should click on the link. I was a teenager when that song first appeared, and yes, the degree to which the world has changed since then is frequently disorienting.

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