Mondegreens are delightful things. As a child I was constantly fooled into making them.
What, you ask, is a mondegreen? Coined many years ago by a magazine columnist, it's a word to explain misheard lyrics. So say the smart snoops at snopes (who provide some hilarious Christmas mondegreens). The model for the mondegreen was a line from a Scottish folk ballad. "And they laid him on the green," sounded convincingly like, "And Lady Mondegreen."
As a child I was enthralled by the Beatles song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Only, I wasn't sure what colitis was. I just knew, somewhere, "A girl with colitis goes by."
Another mondegreen from my childhood was, "High Shottin' Sherri." I could just see that girl, Sherri. She was a real high shot. ("I Shot the Sheriff.")
When my youngest daughter was four, she saw "The Sound of Music," and sang with her older sister, "So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye." Breanna never questioned, but heartily belted out, "So long, farewell, our feet are saying goodbye." I mean - it made sense.
I'm sure I have many more, scattered throughout my journals. All of these colorful tidbits amount to one thing. They are mistakes. As Lee, my watercolor teacher says: "Use your mistakes." In the case of mondegreens, these wonderful mistakes make us laugh and see the world through a child's eyes.
When we make a mistake, our tendency is to cover it up, throw it away. But in truth, a mistake is an inside-out, backwards version of something useful. It might be trying to tell you something. A mistake in a painting can take you in an entirely different direction. A mistake in writing can reveal truth.
Save a mistake. Discover its charm. Laugh if it's silly.