Friday, 13 June 2008

The old ones (and the new ones) are always the best!

When my four and a half year old daughter (Princess - a corny name I know but very apt) was younger I used to regularly sing her to sleep with "The holly and the ivy" because a) it was the only song I could ever remember and 2) it was the only song I could sing reasonably in tune. Anyway whilst she was sitting on the loo this evening (don't ask!) she requested that I sing it to her again. I started singing it and sang the first verse to her. She stopped me and said she wanted to hear the bit about the teddy bears again.
"Teddy bears?" I wondered out loud..."I can't remember mentioning any teddy bears in it"...nevertheless she insisted (she is quite bossy) that I sing it to her again. So off I went....
"The holly and the ivy are now both full grown and of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown......." Bears. Bears. I suddenly saw what she was on about! I started to laugh and she joined in with me -laughing but not really understanding why I was laughing. She drives me round the bend sometimes but she is absolutely marvellous. For instance the other night she had a pain in her stomach and she likened it to having "a worm in a satellite dish".........???? words fail me occasionally (not often but occasionally!)......
So I recounted to her my father's old joke: "I know a man with huge fingers and enormous palms....one day he hopes to grow dates!"

Talking of palm trees and dates.......I was going to tell you the latest story from one of our dive centres in Egypt but I'll save that for another time. Instead I dedicate these little fabulae (stories) to my Father (Mr. Morose) for Father's Day on Sunday.

14 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

How lovely...what a sweet post...I remember my older son asking me how the King rained over all...I wish your Dad the best
Sandi

Lindsay said...

Hope you are keeping a record of all these "sayings". My son, now aged 39, said some very weird things. About aged 4, when he was staying with my mother, he obviously upset her in some way and said to her "Belax, Belax Granny, the Lord Jesus Christ said so". Where he got that from I shall never know!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Sandi...she said this morning "I love you Mum, I think you're an imbecile". She didn't know what it meant but thought it sounded nice. I reckon she knows what she's is talking about.

It's great when they come out with these things. It's definitely worth recording them all in that memory bank!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Lindsay...I was just writing my reply to Sandi when yours came in. Absolutely in agreement with you there. My memory's getting so "hol(e)y" (with due deference to your son) I've got to start writing these down!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Children say the funniest things don't they! Yours sounds completely adorable. Bossy is good, shows initiative. That's what I keep saying about my daughter, Amy. Thanks for coming by my blog, it's great to meet another person who lives in Northumberland.

Crystal Jigsaw xx

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi CJ...I saw your entries at "Wife in the North" and via "expatmum" (who's also a N.E. girl). Nice to know you are there! Like your blog very much and will blogroll you. Thanks for your comments. Yes. I'm biased they are adorable! I'll pop by your blog again soon.

family affairs said...

Thx for your comments on my blog - my two favourites are my son telling me I looked beautiful "just like a rhinocerous" and singing "Away In A Manger, no crisps in the bed".....Lx

Expatmum said...

Funny, my next post springboards off something that happened when I was trying to sing my little one a lullaby.
We should do a tag about the funniest lines they got wrong from songs.
Our current one, from Jungle Book, is
"Look for the bare necessities,.....forget about your troubles and your stripe".
He will NOT have it that it's an "f" not a "p".

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Family Affairs and Expatmum - I must I am a sucker for all these stories...aahh! Latest lines from daughter are: splashing about in the bath "like a wild sea" and when she feels cold she feels "like a bucket of icecubes". Am I turning into Harry Hill by any chance?! (But I still love it!)

Hadriana's Treasures said...

We've just asked her if she wants to go out with Dad to walk the dog...
"I think no" she replied in an imperious tone.....

(Very) Lost in France said...

Priceless! I always meant to keep a list of the funny things that my two said - yet another thing I never got round to! VLiF

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi VLiF...I know what you mean. I'm trying to record what they say (sort of)..as I seem to be rubbish at whipping out the video recorder when the right moment arises. Ho hum...we mums can only do our best...

GoneBackSouth said...

Brilliant story - I love how kids try so hard to find the right words.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi GBS - thanks for dropping by. I still remember your tale of how you met your other half! Like it very much and yes, children do say some strange things. The thing which I like about that the most is the lack of self consciousness...fascinating stuff.