Thursday, May 13, 2010
Poem for the Lift Bridge: Boat unnah hum
I caught the Great Lakes' largest boat, the Paul Tregurtha, coming through Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge yesterday afternoon. Our neighbor was there too, with her toddler Piper. "We love these boats," she said in that first-person plural parents of speechless toddlers use.
Watch out when these young boat fans start to talk for themselves. Our older son at age 2 loved to tell and retell the whole story of a boat going under the bridge, sound effects and all.
The Lift Bridge, to our toddlers who rode cars over it, was known as "the Hum Bridge" for the distinct sound of tires on metal grates. "Unnah" was "under." To ride in the stroller under a tree was to go "Unnah Doe."
Here's his recitation:
Boat unnah hum
Ding Ding Ding.
Up up up up.
Boat unnah hum.
Man, those were the days! Now we can hardly get him to tell us anything, even with sound effects.