Saturday, February 16, 2013

"They Walk Alike, and Talk Alike..."

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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  1. OMG. I'm dying. I ADORED this show as a (ahem) young'un. One of my favorites. I was more like Cathy -- shy, quiet. But on the inside -- I was Patty!!! Finally, into my '30s, my inner Patty emerged (good grief, I sound more like Sybil. I know you'll get the reference).

    Indeed, why MUST the quiet girl be the dull girl? It would be a delight, if they ever did a Patty Duke Show reunion movie, to find out that Cathy went on to become an undercover FBI agent whose hobby was skydiving. While Patty became a funeral director.

    Here's that section of the song you referenced. A hot dog. Well alrighty then:

    Where Cathy adores a minuet,
    The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
    Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
    A hot dog makes her lose control --
    What a wild duet!

    Great post, Susie!

  2. I also LOVED this show!!! I find it hard to believe that you were the quiet, shy type...not that there's anything wrong with that! I'm afraid I was the opposite...I was definitely a "Patty" type. Still am, although I do have my quiet moments. Really I do. My friends and family don't believe it... LOL! But I sometimes wish I had been a little more quiet and studious in my teenage years...maybe I would have accomplished a bit more academically, etc. But I was too busy having fun. Oh well, somehow it all evens out over the years...we become exactly what God wants us to HIS time. He is always working in us and through us to accomplish HIS plans for us, regardless of our "personality types"! That's what really matters.
    This was a great nostalgia post today! Thank you for taking me back to those days.

  3. I love the name of your blog and I'm sure I identify with it and this post. I'd forgotten all about The Patty Duke Show, but I can still sing the song. I'm definitely a Cathy in what is often a Patty world--but I've learned to be content in my Cathy-ness and find joy in the ways He's uniquely created me to do. Thanks for sharing!


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