everything you need to know…

April 20, 2008

i’ve come to the conclusion that pretty much everything you need to know in life can be summed up by these three children’s songs, which i’ve been singing on continuous loop lately, as caleb requests them in inimitable toddler fashion, over and over and over…

1.  row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily merrily merrily merrily.  life is but a dream.   if this isn’t a spiritual teaching, i don’t know what is. 

2.  the barney theme song.  as annoying as that big, purple dinosaur is, caleb just loves this song and i have to admit, it’s growing on me.  i love you; you love me; we’re a happy family, with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you.  won’t you say you love me, too?   it doesn’t get more fundamental than that. 

3.  the itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.  down came the rain and washed the spider out.  out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.   this one might be my favorite.  we’re all the itsy-bitsy spider. 

i love singing these songs, these mantras, to my wide-eyed, expectant son–the boy with cheeks like ripe peaches who claps his still-dimpled hands as i sing. 



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