Tumba-bloody-Rumba shootin’ kanga-bloody-roos is a line from a well known Australian poem, The Integrated Adjective. It always makes me smile and think of our youngest daughter Eliza.
Why you ask??
Picture this…she’s just three years old, as cute as cute can be with her white blonde hair and cheeky smile, twinkling, laughing eyes, sunny, happy personality and she has charm oozing out of her every pore!! Then she opens her mouth….
We had just moved from Australia to the UK with our three little girls, for a year long teacher exchange and were meeting people, making new friends and getting settled in. Except that whenever anyone asked where we came from Eliza would jump up and say “we’re from Tumba-bloody-Rumba shootin’ kanga-bloody-roos” while dancing around charming everyone with her cuteness.
I knew it didn’t sound right coming out of her little mouth but you just couldn’t help but laugh with her, so she just continued doing it for most of the year we were away. Where she learnt this from we have no idea!!
We did try to tell her that it wasn’t appropriate but she was only three years old and didn’t understand and she was getting laughs and attention, so she was happy!! I now feel very guilty and such a bad mother for encouraging her but Eliza always had her own way of doing things… and still does 🙂
This is just one of the hundreds of happy stories I have about Eliza our youngest daughter. For some reason I told this story to people just this week when asked where I came from, and as today is Eliza’s birthday I thought I’d re-tell it to you. I’m sure she’ll appreciate it on her special day!
Happy Birthday Eliza!!!
For those interested the poem is by John O’Grady and is called The Integrated Adjective, it’s well worth a read!
Have you heard of this poem before?
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