Da da da da da da …

Every one in a while, I get little glimpses of the kind of mother I’m going to be.

Singing, for example. I may love belting it out in the car, but I am a horrendous singer. However, I am constantly singing, rhyming, and telling stories to Little Dog.
When she runs up her miniature doggie steps to look out the front window, I sing How much is that doggie in the window? I entertain her with a rousing round of Do you know the muffin man? as I bake.
Honestly, I should be teaching nursery school or something. I’m freaking Mother Goose.
But I only started noticing it recently, after Darling Husband caught me lifting up her floppy little ear and singing something into it.
“What are you saying to her?” he asked, looking at me strangely.
Picnic time for teddy bears. You know? ‘The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today. Da da da da da da …'”

Blank stares from Darling Husband. He claims his parents did not read nursery rhymes to him, and I think he might be right. He honestly wouldn’t know Hickory Dickory Dock from Pussycat, Pussycat.
Oh well. At least I’m well-qualified to educate them.
P.S. If your Mother Goose education was lacking — like that of my sweet husband — here are the lyrics. Study them, memorize them –because at some point as a mommy or daddy, you’ll need to sing, and you will probably get sick of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Ev’ry teddy bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
Cause that’s the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

If you go down to the woods today
You’d better not go alone.
It’s lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout;
They never have any care;

At six o’clock their mummies and daddies,
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little teddy bears.

2 Comments on “Da da da da da da …

  1. I had a good diet of Mother Goose growing up, but I never have heard of (or don’t remember) Teddy Bear Picnic!

  2. Oh, it’s a great song. Not sure if it’s actually Mother Goose, but I have a music box that plays it.

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