It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Little kids have so much ENERGY!!!

I wish.

“Happy birss-day to you!
Happy birss-day to you!”

Tyler and Emily are making birthday cakes from playdough. When a birthday cake is completed, one must present it to the birthday boy or girl in song. Of course.

“Happy boouth-day, to you!”

It’s a catchy little ditty. The sort that very quickly becomes an ear worm.

“Happy boouth-day, dear Tyler!”

Well, it would be a catchy little ditty if it were sung the way you’re probably hearing it in your head. The version I’m hearing…

“Haaaaappyyyyy biiiiiirrrsssss-daaaaaay, deeeeeear Eeeemilllllly”

…the version I’m hearing has all the vitality of the Song of the Volga Boatmen.

“Haaaappyyyy biirrrirsssss-daaaaay toooo yooooooou!”

Happy Birthday as a funeral march.

“Haaaa-peeee biiiiirssss-daaaaaay toooooo yoooooou…”

Lugubrious to the max.

“Aaaaand maaaaannyyyyyy mooooore.”

Oh, please, no. I’m getting more depressed by the minute.

December 20, 2010 - Posted by | Emily, Tyler | , , ,


  1. We used to sing a birthday song (roughly) to the tune of Volga Boatmen, slowly and with great morosity–

    Happy Birthday
    Happy Birthday
    People dying every day
    Sorrow, sickness and decay
    Happy Birthday
    Happy Birrrrrthday.

    Well, that’s a cheery little ditty. Which I will not be teaching the tots… 😛

    Comment by rosie_kate | December 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. I made the mistake of showing “my” 5 year old that the “ABC” song is the same as “Twinkle, Little Star.” Now every time a group of children sings one version- she very loudly (and proudly) beginning singing the other song’s lyrics. 🙂

    Little show-off! So I’m guessing we won’t be telling her that “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” is the THIRD song with the same melody??

    Comment by C. | December 21, 2010 | Reply

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