There is an old TV show theme song running in m head and I know it will not leave until I write this post. The show never seems to be included in documentaries about old shows but I am SURE I did not just imagine or dream it.
The theme song for The Patty Duke Show wandered into my head recently while fixing my hair. I was using a curling iron to curl it under. This is new for me. I have always worked to make my hair perky and piecey and in a "flip" style.
The mood that came with the thoughts of that show were sad and defensive. I wondered why I felt that way about such a fun and silly show. But then I remembered.
Patty Duke played 2 parts; Patty and her identical cousin Cathy. Patty was outgoing, popular and social. Her cousin, Cathy, was extra quiet, shy and not so popular. Patty wore her hair in a cute, perky flip. Cathy wore hers in a curled under, page-boy style. Both were the same length and both wore headbands.
I watched the show all the time and identified with Cathy but so very much wanted to be Patty. I looked like Patty, but on the inside I was Cathy. The quiet one who always followed the rules and did not like adventures. She would rather read a book by the fire than go out to a wild and noisy party.
The theme song as I remember it went sorta like this....
"Cathy loves the Minuet, something something crepe suzette, while Patty loves rock and roll, something something lose control. They walk alike, they talk alike, in fact they even look alike, it's enough to lose your mind, but they are cousins, they're one of a kind!"
Something like that. My inner feelings of being "less than" and not bold enough, run along side the memories of this show. Why must the sensible girl be the dull girl?
I wonder if this TV show will be referred to in the book I am currently reading about introverts and extroverts, Quiet- The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. (The writer may be too young to know the show.)
But it would fit into the direction this beautiful book is heading. Introverts have been falsely viewed and dismissed for the last few generations as society began to value personality over character. The out-going and gregarious are lifted up as role models while the sensitive and thoughtful have been ignored or deemed shy and timid.
Much has been shared about this ground-breaking book online already so I will let you look it up for yourself while I finish reading it.
For now, the TV jungle is still in my head so I think I will google it and see what I can find. Now I must know the words to that silly song! ....................................
Aha! See! It's real!
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