For my baby shower, I was given the best kind of gifts- Books.
Some of them were for mommy and other for the baby.
My daughter and I love to sit on our rocking chair and flip through the pages of colorful books, looking at pictures and reading. I believe it is such a bonding experience. Spend some time if you can reading to your kids. Not only would you teach them good things, they would also learn that you value them and are willing to part with your time for them. It will make for precious memories for their life.
I like to see her face as she is filled with wonder at simple turn of a page or see a colorful object. She loves to hear me sing the kiddie’s songs….not that I am any good at singing but she likes to see me act out the songs as I sing.
Today, during our time together I noticed something I had never noticed before.
Not all nursery rhymes are happy songs…..
London Bridge is falling down
So are Jack and Jill
Humpty-Dumpty cannot be put together again
Itsy-bitsy spider is washed away by the rain
Ladybug’s house is on fire
Rain spoils little johnny’s play
Then I turned to some french rhymes:
“Aloutte gentile Aloutte” is a song about plucking the lark
They look for a pen and light on a moonlit night but the door was shut on them….in “au claire de la lune”
I questioned Why would this be so?…… We try to shield our children from any bad news. I haven’t done any extensive search on origin of these songs but it would sure be interesting to find how these songs started.
Life is beautiful is among my favourite movies of all times which tells the story of a father who uses his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of concentration camp. Then, I thought to myself – may be the songs are meant to tell the kids that though there might be some unhappy things in life but if we can sing about them we can still be happy.