Monday, July 28, 2008

Lime in the Coconut

I'm not usually one to post videos. But this is a favorite in my house. Great senseless song. It makes my kids laugh.

And me? It makes me laugh too. Sometimes it also makes me cry. The combination of innocence and a strange presence of maturity and knowledge-to-come in this child's aspect produces my flux of emotions. Maybe you have felt such tensions at different times... joy and sorrow all wrapped up in a single experience?

As it turns out, lime in the coconut is the perfect name for this... sweet and sour mixed together. Drink it all up. Laugh and weep, in the same swallow.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Laurie A. said...

yes, i get that tension. matter of fact, last evening we watched the film, "water." there were several moments in that visually stunning film that held such tension. how the thread between joy and sorrow intrigues me.

i loved watching the video ... and remembering when expressing myself like that young gal did not leave me self-conscious.

i feel flux coming on ......

12:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

so sweet...even the sour

1:35 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes, I've often been swallowed up in my most sweetest moments with grief it seems, maybe due to grace entering into a world, my world, which often seems so bitter and grace-less. I guess Christ being present or sensed in some way is quite striking within the likes of me.

Of just simply put, the times I feel closest to Jesus are often accompanied with weeping for me. And when that's not the case, it's not a good sign for me.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought it was just us that grew up in the midwest had that bitter-sweet life thing goin' on.

i watched that kermit one too.

7:34 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Heather... isn't she darling?

Laure... Oh! I loved that film. And yes, it was definitely a mix of joy and sorrow. Favorite scene: when the child is playing that hand game with the lovely widow.

Sarah... indeed.

Ted... odd, isn't it, how closely the two emotions can be tied?

Nancy... is that a midwest thing? I thought it was a northeast thing. ;-) Kermit too! Aren't you adventurous. :)

8:27 PM  
Blogger Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Lime in the coconut, sorrow and joy, makes me think of these verses from Ezra: "But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping."

How life mingles...

7:34 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Ann... okay, now... your sweet, gentle self sneaked into my head. That's the verse I thought of putting with this. I'm glad instead that I received it as a gift from you. :)

9:59 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

Okay, now I have that song stuck in my head!

Did you ever see the Coke commercial where they used that song but changed it to "you put the lime in the Coke, you nut"? Made me laugh.

What an funny rendition, this one. And I see what you're saying about laughing and crying. Btw my kids kept hitting the replay button after we watched it.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post brought a memory and smile to my face as I recalled this song.
I'm agonizing over the fact that currently I can't watch the video as my home computer is in storage.
At work, a filter keeps such video from distracting us.
This will not keep from commenting, however, because I'm familiar with the Harry Nilsson song and used to have it memorized.
Check out Nilsson's "The Point" if you get a chance and play a game of Triangle Toss with your children.

10:14 AM  
Blogger christianne said...

oh, i love this. she is so adorable!

2:14 PM  
Blogger 23 degrees said...

Laura, I am always inspired by the beauty of innocence—children with no inhibitions, no cares: fully alive in the moment. Maybe this is our gift back to God, to live like this as adults.

I heard it said that the sign of maturity is not refraining from acting childlike, it's knowing when to.

Thanks for sharing!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

YESSSSS!!! I finally played the video. Loved it! That kid is so cute, and "the camera loves her."

Here's an idea... let's put a wig on Martin and remake the video. ;-)

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was magnificently exhuberant!
Can't wait to show my daughter!

10:22 PM  

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