It’s Not All Mary Poppins

A New Project

Arthur is busy with the blocks, creating a long “train with steps on it”. As he works, he sings:

“Ah. Way. Mih-muh may-r r,
No. Cri fu a beh
The lih, lur Jee-uh
Lay dow ih ee ed.”

Recognize it?

You don’t have the advantage I did, of a reasonable facsimile of the tune. Arthur is remembering happy, cooler days, and is treating us to Away In A Manger.

A day or two I complained about his diction (or lack thereof). Today I’m seeing it as sweet, quirky, and, most importantly, A Project. I love a good roll-up-my-sleeves-and-get-into-it kid challenge! This one cries out to be tackled. Speech is clearly important to the boy, since he indulges ceaselessly. Why not make it easier for people to understand him? There are a few problem areas with his speech, but the most consistent is that he doesn’t put the final consonant onto his words. Right then. We’ll start with that.

Oooh. A Project. I am a happy woman.

July 14, 2005 - Posted by | daycare, Developmental stuff


  1. Now that is just too sweet. It seems these days that children are more likely to burst into renditions of various children’s tv theme songs than anything else. I think I’d much rather hear songs like Away In A Manger than Bob the Builder!
    (Can he do it? Yes he can!!)

    Comment by Haley | July 14, 2005 | Reply

  2. Harry obviously listens to a lot of varied music at home. Last week he was singing that folk song, oh, what is it called? Has the line “…the train I’m on, you will know that I am gone, you can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles.”

    It’s probably called “A Hundred Miles”…

    A cut above Bob the Builder, yes, indeed!

    Comment by Mary P. | July 14, 2005 | Reply

  3. I thought it was French Canadian 🙂

    Comment by Si | July 15, 2005 | Reply

  4. Thank your lucky stars I’m not Quebecois! I’d be insulted and you’d be a marked man.

    Comment by Mary P. | July 15, 2005 | Reply

  5. Princess number 1 loves singing. She sings to herself while she’s playing and when she’s playing with dolls/little people she sings the conversations between them. It’s so cute to watch. Everything morphs into a musical. 🙂

    Speaking of musicals, both the princesses love watching “My Fair Lady” and “White Christmas”. Not your usual childrens viewing I imagine, but they love them.

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | July 15, 2005 | Reply

  6. I love it when kids do that! All three of mine did, one of my young cousins, and various daycare tots over the years. Harry is one of the singers. (Though, as my daughter Emma commented yesterday: “He’ll never be a singer. Nobody would pay to hear that voice.” I dunno. I remember The Clash, and Bob Dylan, and Neil Young…)

    Suggestion? Record her one day. Set up a camera inobtrusively and see if you can save a few minutes for posterity. It’s one of those things you’ll always treasure.

    Comment by Mary P. | July 15, 2005 | Reply

  7. > Thank your lucky stars I’m not Quebecois! I’d be insulted and you’d be a marked man.

    🙂 “Just Kidding”

    Comment by Si | July 18, 2005 | Reply

  8. Oh, me too! 🙂

    Comment by Mary P. | July 18, 2005 | Reply

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