"Sorry, Charlie"

You remember him, right?
Please tell me you do.
Charlie Tuna? StarKist?
As in, "Sorry, Charlie"?
By the end of my teaching career, when I was asked a yes or no question by a child, I'd say "Sorry, Charlie" if the answer was 'no'. This drew a blank face on the child and usually a "That's not my name." I quit trying to explain by Christmas each year. I even ceased showing them on the computers what Charlie Tuna looked like, why he was popular, etc etc.  Now I have grandbabies, and for the life of me I continue to say, "Sorry, Charlie". At which point I always get, "Nan, I'm Austin/Ian/Alaina/Noah". Sweet Elle, I can still tell her 'no' with that remark and she just smiles and, taking it as a 'yes', goes ahead with what she wanted to do. Doesn't mean a thing to her as to what I call her. Just as long as I call her. For snacks. For snuggles. For playing. Do YOU remember Charlie Tuna?! He's 50 this year. Happy birthday to a fish that brought so many weird looks from little ones to young to remember him.
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4 comments:

Heather said...

Well, you've just taught me something! I've heard "Sorry, Charlie" for years and even used the phrase before...but I never knew where it was from. Now I know :) Thanks!

Nancy said...

You sweet child, I KNOW I heard you say that in our second grade classroom! I guess I'll use it the rest of my life! He's almost as old as me :)

Lisa Ann said...

I remember Charlie! Classic!

Southern Queen of the Crazies said...

YES! And I say it too!

~ from The Letter Writer ~

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