Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is memorize and the song below instantly popped into my head.

The song is “Inchworm” performed by Danny Kaye in the 1952 movie Hans Christian Andersen. Although the movie was released over ten years before I was born, it was a staple in my childhood movie watchlist and I never missed the chance to catch it when it played on tv.

Here are the opening lyrics, if you’re not familiar with the song.

“Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two

Inchworm, inchworm (two and two are four)
Measuring the marigolds (four and four are eight)
You and your arithmetic (eight and eight are sixteen)
You’ll probably go far (sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two)”

Early on I knew these addition facts due to this song. I memorized them. It was no different than the educational shows that would come in the near future like Sesame Street, Electric Company, and Schoolhouse Rock to name a few. Now I’m dating myself but I grew up when we memorized to learn. My children were on the edge of the newer trend to learn by understanding, although they were required to memorize their multiplication facts.

In the end, I think we all turned out just fine, regardless of how we were taught. We remember the things that mattered to us, or maybe struck a chord somewhere, and have vague memories of other tidbits we either memorized or learned by understanding.

I find it humorous that of all the things the word “memorize” could have pulled up into my own memory, that it was this song from long before my childhood that popped into my head.


Have a great day!



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