Friday, January 21, 2005



(Click on the Chicken Fat button to hear the song)
How many of you remember this morning grade school ritual?  It wasn't until I moved to Hawaii in '71 that I was subjected to this nationally approved form of mass humiliation.  Every school morning, immediately following the Pledge (yes, were allowed to say it back then, and even said 'Under God') we would gather outside on the basketball court and do this perfectly choreographed routine, and we HATED it!  We didn't dare complain though, because afterwards the complainers would have to lay down on their backs and do the 'dying cockroach' while the rest of the school filed past on their way back into the building.  For those of you lucky enough never to have been exposed to the 'dying cockroach', its 10x worse than doing Chicken Fat... you have to lay on your back with your arms and legs in the air and kick and flail like a roach until the teacher deems you have been learned to appreciate the life long benefits gained from having to do a calisthenics routine every morning.  I'm telling you, it was like a Board of Education sanctioned boot camp!  And those teachers never participated with us, they just walked around with their hands clasped behind their backs, smirking like prison wardens... cos they knew if we made any comments about their Chicken Fat butts, we'd be down on our backs again, doing the dying cockroach... again!


mumma4evr said...

I don't remember the chicken fat but I know the dead cockroach!!!

jcole16757 said...

We never had to do anything like that but we did have PE every day.  Now the kids are lucky to get PE once a week.  How humiliating to the kids to be forced to do the cockroach.  In this day, they'd be sued.  

rwsgirl2029 said...

Too funny!  I don't know anything about Chicken Fat or Dead Cockroach, but it sounds awful!  Great song!  Beth-Ann

geminiwilder said...

what kind of whack-job school did you go to?  ACK!  
i never heard of any of this stuff!    am i sheltered?? !  :)


cneinhorn said...

I've never heard of this before!  But I didn't spend many years in US schools either!


purplectigger said...

I've never heard of Chicken Fat or Dying cockroack. I'm glad we didn't have to do that. Sounds awful.

piperacharmed1 said...

Sounds more like a form of

butterflygherl said...

How things have changed. I know school is much different now then when I was there, and I have only been out of high school ten years.


angieabk said...

I am NEVER going to hawaii!!!!

What a terrible terrible way to treat one's children!!!

I do remember doing exercises but not to that horrible song.  You poor baby!!!!

cute cute entry!


bosoxblue6993w said...

Jeez ... I didn't know they had Hitler Youth Bunds in Hawaii!