We look in the mirror. We look in the mirror as we brush our teeth, wash our face, comb our hair, as women put on their make up and God knows what else as men wait patiently for them to finish. The mirror is an important part of our day.
Are you gonna be much longer?
We jump in the car and look in the rear-view mirror as we back out of the driveway, hopefully, and the side-view mirrors as we join the morning commute. Again, hopefully.
If we work for CSI 1, 2 or 3 or NCIS 1 or 2, or any other TV cop show, we use a two-way mirror to observe colleagues sweat the truth out of their suspects.
Mirrors are everywhere. From a dental instrument to a space telescope.
My first introduction to mirrors was as a kid growing up in Toronto. Everyday I'd watch the American feed of Romper Room beaming to my TV antenna from New York City.
Miss Nancy introduced little children to DoBees.
Dear old Miss Nancy. She was the first host, starting in 1953 and carrying on until 1963. She was like pre-school. And the precursor to other kids' shows like Sesame Street.
And she taught me things using Do Bee and Don't Bee, like "Do Bee an obedient child" or some such kiddie hogwash.
And what about the mirror? Well, at the end of each and every show - and this was the part I waited for patiently every day - Miss Nancy would look at the camera through her "magic mirror" and speak these hypnotic magical words:
"Romper, bomper, stomper, boo.
Tell me, tell me, tell me do.
Magic mirror tell me today.
Have all my friends had fun at play?"
And then, the moment of truth. She named all the little boys and girls she could see through her magic mirror out there in televisionland:
"And I can see Billy and Sally and Joey and Jeffrey
and Jack and Bob and all of you boys and girls out there!"
Miss Nancy should look in a real mirror - yikes!
Oh, yeah, Miss Nancy? I watched you and your sorry excuse for a kids' show for three years before I started kindergarten and you never saw me. Not once did you call my name. And you call that a "magic mirror". Ha!
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