This 93-year-old woman has an obsession. It’s not an unusual collection of plates or a passion for exotic reptiles. It’s a song, and one song only—The Hokey Pokey.
“You put your right foot in. You put your right foot out.
You put your right foot in, and you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey, and you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about…”
For Phyllis Brinkerhoff—Mrs. B. as she’s affectionately known around the town in Prairie Village, Kansas—that really is what it’s all about.
“It’s just a fun, joyous song,” Mrs. B recently told CBS’s Steve Hartman. And Mrs. B wanted to share the love, even if it became a bit annoying to her neighbor.
She gave Melanie Mendrys a copy of a Hokey Pokey CD—and anxiously awaited her friend’s conversion—from someone who merely knew the song to a die-hard fan who wanted to do the dance.
When proof of such a change in sentiments wasn’t forthcoming, the enthusiastic senior became something of a nudge, often calling Mendrys to see if she’d experienced her Hokey Pokey epiphany yet.
Mendrys admits the corny song was never likely to make it to the top ten of her personal hit parade—but, then, the neighbor did something extraordinary for Mrs. B’s upcoming 93rd birthday.
Mendrys and her daughter secretly created special invitations and passed them out to the community inviting them to a one-in-a-million surprise party—a Hokey Pokey flashmob.
The neighbors donning birthday hats assembled on the front lawn of Mrs B’s home where they put their ‘whole selves in’ and broke out in a performance of her favorite song.
And, the huge smile on her face? That’s what it’s all about.