If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out

It’s no secret that I like to sing. I sing songs to Nellie all the time. She’s particularly fond of: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, “Witch Doctor” (you know… ting tang walla walla bing bang), and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”.

Last Tuesday night we were waiting on her curls to dry after her bath when I started singing her the ABCs. She whirled around with a huge smile on her face and began clapping along with my singing.
“ABCD,” I sang as Nellie clapped. “EFG..”
That’s when I noticed that she was softly saying things along with me, watching me intently while her little hands smacked together.
“HIJKLMNOP,” I continued.
“P…” she said quietly along with me.
“oo veee….”
“WXY and Z. Now I know my ABCs, next time won’t you sing with me?”
“YYYAYYYY!” she yelled, applauding. “Shooome? Shoome?” she asked, which is her word for “more”.

I began singing again and sure enough, she was saying a few of the letters with me. I was floored. Floored! We sang about four more times before I switched to another familiar tune.

“Old Mac Donald had a farm, EIEIO!”
“EEEEEEE OHHHHH!” Nellie sang. Again, jaw met floor. Every time I got to the EIEIO part, she would chime in. I shook my head in disbelief as my little toddler played and clapped and sang along with me. The last song I sang to her was “Skinamarinky Dinky Dink”.. You remember, the theme song to the Sharon, Lois, Bram and Elephant Show on Nickelodeon? This one comes with hand/arm gestures and when I was doing them she began to mime me.

She and I sat on the floor facing each other and singing songs for at least ten minutes. She listened to me, captivated; my rapt audience of one. She even made requests. When I tried to sing “BINGO,” she shook her head no. I started in with the ABCs again and was met with another “no”. The third time I tried Old Mac Donald and was met with clapping and cheers.

I’ve taken a leave of absence from my women’s chorus and Tuesdays are usually my chorus night… But instead of singing a capella barbershop, I was sitting cross-legged on the floor with my pajama-clad tot with the corkscrew curls and we were singing our hearts out together as day turned to night. I couldn’t possibly ask for more.



  1. Love this. Singing with my kids, hearing them sing on their own now, is nothing but raw delight.
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  2. It really did take my breath away when my daughter started singing with me and doing the actions!
    She sings in her little toddler voice and with her own words that I don’t understand all the time now.
    Skinnermarink is her favorite.
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  3. Stephan Hilson says:

    It is nice that you spend time with your child while singing some children’s songs. I like how the kid react to the songs and try to keep up with the lyrics too. Old Mac Donald is certainly a hit because it was repeated again and met with clapping and cheers. Thanks for sharing your singing experience with your tot.
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  4. I usually sing nursery rhymes with my 4 year-old daughter too. After taking her school in a day, she sung the songs that her teacher taught in the class. Singing with her is such wonderful experience that she’ll be able to remember.
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  6. My favorite Brennan sister is probably Kit-she only wants to see the good side of everyone! And I admire the strength she showed in The Good Woman when she decided to end things with her boyfriend. I can’t wait to read her story in The Good Daughter!!!!!

  7. Yeah what happened to the sensitivity when they had a Family Guy writer making fun of the thousands that were killed in the Tsunami and the aftermath? Fox didn’t say a peep when Alec “star wars and rape jokes” Sulkin rejoiced in the deaths of the Japanese – many of whom work on his show.That guy shouldn’t have a job.

  8. Encore un petit retour :l’amateurisme dans le monde du logicielet, parfois, du matériel (compatibilité)n’aurait jamais dû être toléré à ce pointpar la clientèle !Est-ce qu’un ébéniste livre une chaise bancaleen version bêta ? (Ikéa, sans lire la notice de montage ?)Est-ce qu’un boulanger livre le pain à moitié cuit ?(Un artisan, en principe, non !).Tous ces bugs et plantages, c’est un peucomme les fautes de frappe et autreschez les pros du langage… Heu, bon,alors, au fond, c’est normal ;> (Correctiquement.

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