Sing for the Moment
Over the years, I've logged many, many hours singing songs to kids at bedtime. (Luckily, they're not fussy about the quality of the singing.)
Now while I've sung my share of "Hush Little Baby Don't Say a Word" and "Rock-a-Bye Baby" kind of songs, the ones that I mostly sang were not your average bedtime songs. For whatever reason, they generally turned out to be Beatles songs. The ones that got the highest rotation, or were the most regularly requested, were "Yellow Submarine", "Eight Days a Week", "Octopus' Garden", "All My Loving", and "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da". If I didn't remember all the verses, nobody cared. I just sang the same ones over and over.
Which, as far as bedtime songs go, were strange enough. But tonight has got them all beat.
Tonight, I got a new request.
I mean, a BRAND NEW request.
A song I had never ever ever sung at bedtime before, nor would it ever occur to me that a child would want sung to him at bedtime.
The song that my five-year-old asked me to sing him in bed tonight was....
And he wanted it in english AND in french.
Whatever makes him happy, I guess.
Sweet dreams, my little patriot.