It doesn’t seem right to go into heavy breathing over this silly phrase. After all, it’s a child’s nursery rhyme:
Wee Willie Winkie
Runs through the town
Upstairs and downstairs
In his nightgown.
The tiresome busybody pokes in where he isn’t invited, telling everybody to lock their doors and put out their lights and go to bed because he thinks it’s time they did.
That isn’t what raises my pulse.
It’s also the title of a Shirley Temple movie, and now we’re coming closer to the point. First, though, I have to say Shirley’s army poem from that film:
Honor the Queen
And keep clean.
Cracks me up, for some reason.
And now we come to the part where my pupils dilate. Wee Willie Winkie also stars Cesar Romero. Children, long before he was Joker on the Adam West campy Batman show, he was … how shall I put this delicately … hot.
WRITING PROMPT: Give a character a crush on an entertainer of a bygone time. What comes of it?
JaneApril 27, 2011 at 9:14am
Hi. Many moons ago, I was on lunch break, walking down Walnut Street around 4th Avenue, when I looked up and across Walnut, there he was. Cesar Romero was striding through the crowd, a head taller than everyone else and looking like a god among men. Yowzer.
Marian AllenApril 27, 2011 at 9:26am
Oh, man, Imma steal that memory. When I am an old woman, that is TOTALLY going to have happened to me! lol!
Bish DenhamApril 27, 2011 at 11:39am
You’re right, he WAS hot! And I had totally forgotten about that old nursery rhyme.
Marian AllenApril 27, 2011 at 4:21pm
Oh, man, that smile! Stunning! 🙂
damyantiApril 27, 2011 at 1:10pm
Nursery rhymes bring back all sorts of memories…thanks for sharing this post.
Marian AllenApril 27, 2011 at 4:22pm
Do kids read the old nursery rhymes these days? When they read the Robert Penn Warren title ALL THE KING’S MEN, does it mean anything to them? I wonder.
Angela FelstedApril 27, 2011 at 5:27pm
I like Carrie Grant. 🙂 But then, who doesn’t?
Marian AllenApril 27, 2011 at 6:33pm