One of my favorite families, the Holdernesses, who previously enhanced our lives with such song parody gems as "XMas Jammies" and "I'm 40," are back with a new kind of viral hit set to Britney Spears' "Toxic." Except the toxic element in this case is their son Penn Charles' seasonal allergies, an annoyance many of us parents can relate to.
"Baby can't you see, he's hackin'," the a cappella "Allergic" begins, accompanied by the delightful and all-too-familiar sound of a kid's cough.
"He does it right into our faces," dad Penn continues. "Super gross!" sister Lola adds.
"Yeah we got a lot of pollen in the South," Penn croons as his son coughs on mom Kim.
Then Penn gets to the meat of the matter: Everyone worries their son is contagious, but no, he's just lacking manners, as many kids do. My daughter is in the same allergic boat. I worry people will think I'm taking a sick child out in public, but she's isn't ill. It's just allergy season, and she's in preschool, so telling her to cover her mouth is about as ineffective as most of the medicines we've tried.
I love all the shots of Penn Charles coughing in strangers' faces that are interspersed throughout this video. Been there! It's also fun to see how much the boy clearly enjoys spraying his germs on his parents and sister. Why do most kids think that's so hilarious?
We may never solve that mystery, but I'd like to thank the Holderness family for once again injecting some humor into my life.
Can you relate to this allergy video, too?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.