Pre Speech Aphasia Comedy Storytelling: Daddy Was a Talker and Would be 93 Years old Today

Goldilocks and the Seven Dwarfs Meet Rudolph With the Big Red Snout

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman

Before strokes and who-knows-what caused speech aphasia leaving Daddy (Papa Carl) with only about twenty-one words, he was a funny fellow. Downright embarrassing to his wife and kids at times with his humor. He liked to watch us squirm.


A salesman with a women’s apparel and shoe business, and a talker, he was energized by an audience, especially when it included his grandchildren. This video treasure from 1995 popped up from my archives and I just had to share it. I’ll call it:

Goldilocks and the Seven Dwarfs Meet Rudolph With the Big Red Snout

I say, “While you’re standing there, tell Danielle the story of Snow White.”

Papa Carl begins, “Did you know about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? There was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and they went down the road and they saw Goldilocks. And Goldilocks didn’t know what they were doing there and he says, ‘Well I followed Tom Sawyer down there.'”

“Well what’s Tom Sawyer doing?”

“Well he’s going to look, look for Huckleberry Finn.”

“And so Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer and Goldilocks and the Little Red Hen, they all got together and they had a celebration.”

Danielle says, “That isn’t it. Tell me the real thing.”

Mama Lois says, “You don’t like this version? Well let’s hear the end of this version.They had a celebration.”

Papa begins again, “And Paul Revere came down. He came by on his horse. You remember Paul Revere and his ride? Listen my children and you shall hear the midnight ride of Paul Revere. On the 18th of April in ’75, hardly a man was now alive. Dodoodle lay. (a little dance move by Papa)

“And did you know this song? Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, a kid’l eat ivy too, wouldn’t you? OOOO”

Mama Lois asks, “Did they find the seven dwarfs somewhere?”

“They didn’t ever find the seven dwarfs but they found Rudolph, you know the one that was kin to Santa Claus. And he had, he had a red snout or something.”

(Laughter and Danielle goes wild.)

“And Santa Claus says, ‘I won’t bring you any vegetables.'”

Danielle looks concerned and asks, “To Rudolph?”

Papa Carl says, “Cause you, you look like you’re healthy enough Rudolph, with that big red snout.”


The good news: that granddaughter, our daughter Danielle Todys,  was inspired by her grandfather’s loss of speech, to become a speech therapist.  Also inheriting his salesmanship and love of pretty things, she’s also a jewelry designer and businesswoman. http://www.Woodlandwraps.com . She had wonderful inspiration. He used his few words to make people smile until he went on to entertain in heaven. There’s more to this fractured fairy tale but that’s enough for today.

Happy Birthday, Papa Carl.

13 thoughts on “Pre Speech Aphasia Comedy Storytelling: Daddy Was a Talker and Would be 93 Years old Today

  1. Made me smile. And how lovely about your daughter’s chosen career.

  2. Aphasia/dysphasia is a bitch, how do I know? I’ve had 2 brain surgeries. You are in there, searching for words and the conversation ALWAYS moves on without you. And you know.

    This is a lovely video of a lovely, enchanted story teller. I’m so glad for you that you have this memory.

  3. What a lovely memory. Loved hearing a bit of Mairzy Doats in the video. My mum would sing it to us when we were young. And my grandfather would get us all singing it. My mum was quite young when it was recorded. She was born in 1934 (81 now) so she must have been about 8 or 9. I think the tune is going to be running round my head all day now!

  4. Reblogged this on Life Stories and Beyond and commented:

    Speech aphasia slowed Daddy’s storytelling but here’s a good one from before that happened. Happy 93rd birthday in the great beyond.

  5. Love his humor, thanks for sharing! What a wonderful career for your daughter to pursue!

  6. Loved the accent.

  7. What a precious video and memory…thank you for sharing it with us. Full of energy and spirit and what a great story teller! 🙂

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