Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Crazy Songs

I have been thinking today of crazy songs and songs in general. We have always been singers in our family. Now, this doesn't mean we can sing but we didn't care. We sang anyway. When Amy and Missy were young we always enjoyed singing and watching tapes of people singing. We especially enjoyed singing at night when the girls first went to bed. It was kind of a ritual that we would sing Bill Gaither's kids song "I am a Promise." My favorite time, though, was when I would start to leave their bedroom, They would demand that I sing every song that we knew about "goodnight". There was one that was famous from the Lawrence Welk Show. (I know, you don't know who Lawrence Welk is) It said, "Good night, sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you, Here's a wish and a prayer that every dream comes true, So now til we meet again, Adios, Au Revoir, Auf wie dersehn......Goodnight!" They loved that song. I even choreographed a little dance to it. Then there was the standards "Lullaby and Goodnight" and "Angels Watching Over You". But this one was the kicker. It was an old Perry Como song, "I Love You and Don't You Forget it." Do you know that my girls are teaching my grandchildren these same songs? They sang "I Love you a Bushel and a Peck" when they were wee little things. How many of you know this one? Mareseatoatsanddoeseatoatsandlittlelambseativy?Wow, if you say it fast it comes out like that. If you say it slow, it comes out like: Mares eat oats and does (long "o") eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, a kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you? They always laughed so loud when we sang that one. I love silly songs. I love even more that they are being carried down to another generation? Amy, our oldest daughter, always loved the song Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's just something about that name. That wasn't a silly song but it was a wonderful song that taught her "Jesus" is the sweetest name you'll ever know. Singing was such a vital part of our girls growing up. It created happy times to sit around and sing, make up songs, learn to keep time to music etc. Our girls have told me that they never forgot those times. After we adopted Katie, we carried on that tradition every night. She had about five favorite silly songs she loved for me to sing as I left her bedroom at night. She loves those songs even now. Happy memories.