Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me – Working Mom’s Valentine’s Showtune

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I’m very excited to have a post from one of my favorite mommy bloggers who I’ve known for years.  Sabrina Malone from Working Mom.  I asked her if she would write a post for me about a showtune for Valentine’s and she instantly knew what she wanted to write about.  Here is her favorite valentine’s day showtune that she instantly wanted to write about.

Mister Aladdin, sir

What will your pleasure be?

Let me take your order

Jot it down

You ain’t never had a friend like me…

 

Life is your restaurant

And I’m your maitre d’

C’mon whisper what it is you want

You ain’t never had a friend like me…

 

Yes sir, we pride ourselves on service

You’re the boss

The king, the shah

Say what you wish

It’s yours! True dish

How about a little more Baklava?

 

Isn’t there something about this song that just resonates? There’s something alluring about the idea of having your own genie, a powerful being dedicated toward fulfilling your wishes and desires. The only trouble is…wish fulfillment is a tricky business. According to almost all the literature available, Genies tend to be more trouble than they’re worth.

Just think of all the episodes of “I Dream of Jeannie” and the problems Major Nelson had to fix as a result of things going wrong with Jeanie. Despite the fact that her intentions were good, and she really did try hard to please her Master.

In the Disney movie Aladdin, “Genie” was also a comical, good-natured creature. This certainly made things easier and better for his Master.

[Spoiler Alert]

However, when Jafar becomes a genie – even a child could envision how mean-spirited his take on wish fulfillment would turn out to be. In fact the sequel to Alladin, “Return of Jafar” illustrated that very point.

Consequently, people have actually attempted to mitigate the likelihood of wishes going wrong by drafting meticulous, precise wording for making a wish. (Just in case you ever propitiously find your very own genie.) For example, one of the most iron-clad wishes for immortality I’ve ever seen reads like this:

“I wish to live in the locations of my choice, in a physically healthy, uninjured, and apparently normal version of my current body containing my current mental state, a body which will heal from all injuries and which will be protected from any diseases, injuries or illnesses causing disability, pain, or degraded functionality or any sense, organ, or bodily function.” -Open Source Wish Project

In conclusion, if you ever find yourself in possession of a genie, I recommend you proceed with extreme caution. Consider whether it would be better if you refrained from making any wishes at all! Instead, you’d be happier and more fulfilled by being grateful for what you already have.

BIO

Sabrina O’Malone works full-time while raising and homeschooling her six children ages 15 and under. (That’s no typo – six kids + a full-time job + homeschooling!) Professionally, Sabrina is the founder and President of WorkingMom.com. She’s an author, speaker and former Mrs. America Pageant Contestant. (Long story) Working with her husband Daniel, WorkingMom.com has become an online powerhouse, saving time, energy and money for nearly 500,000 families every year. The free checklists, coupons, inspiring articles and practical resources share the good news that it is indeed possible for moms to give 100% on the job and 100% to their families.