Irving Berlin wrote the song for the musical “Annie Get your Gun”, but I find this video featuring the Chipmunks (courtesy ktCATSbone ) encapsulates the sentiments in a more meaningful, more relevant manner for today’s audiences.
Yes, Anything you can do I can do better has been a way of life for my family as long as I can remember. Originally my daughter, the Hippie-Dippie Wildchild was the one trying to keep up with her older brother, The Obnoxious One.
Anything you can do I can do better
I can do anything better than you
She tried to outdo him on everything, like Halloween costumes
and then declared she loved Killer, the dog, way more than he did.
My kids tried to outdo each other while on a beach vacation for the prize of silliest-looking and the best skin (after the mask).
As they grew older their antics didn’t stop – just morphed into bigger and more ridiculous sibling rivalry.
They competed to see:
who was the loudest and most obnoxious? – usually my son, The Obnoxious One but sometimes my dear darling hubby, The Original Obnoxious One won the hotly contested battle
who was the weirdest? – definitely my daughter, The HIppie-Dippie Wildchild
who had the
better worst tattoo? – my son’s was totally overshadowed
by my daughter’s, much to my dismay as I am SO not a fan of tattoos. Sorry folks.
And food? When The Obnoxious One came home for the summer after his second year of university with severe sensitivities to gluten and dairy, the Hippie-Dippie Wildchild just had to become vegetarian and ultimately vegan to differentiate herself and outdo her brother. Preparing a healthy meal for the four of us became such a Herculean feat that I soon gave up – and cooked only for my hubby and I. After all, we’ll eat just about anything as long as it’s spicy and fresh and flavourful and homemade and …
By the way, after feeling sluggish and generally lousy for many, many months, the Hippie-Dippie Wildchild finally succumbed to eating seafood a couple weeks ago, and even some meat. Hallelujah!! ‘Cause it’s kinda tough being a healthy, energetic vegetarian, let alone vegan, if one doesn’t eat beans or nuts.
The latest? Years of competition, heated debates and massive arguments have been replaced with a bare-bones tolerance, a delicate truce between The Obnoxious One and the Hippie-Dippie Wildchild. Almost. Although I never know when it will blow up completely
But for now they seem to have found a new source of “fun”, a new opportunity to show off. Now they compete to see who can buy the most ridiculous, most useless present for their dad, a conservative business lawyer and senior partner with one of the largest law firms in Canada. As mentioned in Our Very Own Goddess of Green, for Christmas the Hippie-Dippie Wildchild made a generous donation on his behalf to the British Hen Welfare Trust . The Original Obnoxious One is now the very proud sponsor of Sky and Sparkle, two thankful British hens who are enjoying the great outdoors for the first time ever .
This lovely donation is the gift that won’t stop giving, because every couple of months he receives something quite lovely, such as this beautiful notebook and two charming greeting cards
and this fascinating update on Sky and Sparkle’s return to health and happiness
as well as this informative magazine.
I do have to wonder though if the postage to send these fine items from the UK all the way to Vancouver BC costs more than the original donation amount?!
For Father’s Day not only did my son The Obnoxious One come home for a great 10 day visit from London, England (first time we saw him since Christmas), but he managed to snag a delightful Father’s Day gift for The Original Obnoxious One. This gift was so thoughtful and so relevant that the Hippie-Dippie Wildchild just couldn’t resist checking it out herself.
At the end of the day I just can’t imagine why my children are so competitive and try so hard to outdo each other. Perhaps it’s in their genes. Way, way back in the Dark Ages their father and I met at university in a second year Philosophy class in Logic. Every week the prof gave us quizzes and of course we always checked to see who received the better mark.
I did of course!