have you ever….

had the bright idea of introducing a “special” song to get your child to do something?

I did, and it has haunted me ever since.

Years ago, about 16 to be precise, my eldest son had a phimosis (hooray to google).

In order to “teach” him to rectify the problem, we introduced this song, pull back, pull back, pull back…. for me for me – I think you get the message ;-), just so that he would learn to do this himself.

Cue, his medical, prior to starting school. In those days, the children were introduced to the headmaster (which happened to be my old one), doctor and teacher-to-be. Standard question in Germany at the time was, can you retract your foreskin (why on earth they needed to know is still beyond me).

Sure, said my proud son, I even know a song about it and yes, you guessed it……. earth open up and swallow me, I don´t think I´ll ever forget their grinning faces, not in this life anyway, especially when I pass them in the street, even now.


I am your average wife,mother,friend,employee....a bit lost in my world, a bit crazy at times but always good for a laugh - I think ;-)

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