Thursday, August 11, 2011

In Your Own Words

When Sabine was itty bitty and cried often, I mean, all the time as in constantly, I would sing to her. The song that I sang over and over again was Hush Little Baby. I didn't plan to sing this classic tune. It just burst from my lips one day out of panic and new momma nervousness.

But at the time, I could not remember the words. So I made up my own. And they went like this:

Hush, little baby don't say a word
Mama's gonna buy you a mocking bird.
And if that mocking bird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring don't shine,
Mama's gonna buy you a horse so fine.
And if that horse so fine don't neigh,
Mama's gonna buy you a sunshine ray.
And if that sunshine ray don't glow,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat.
And if that billy goat don't stay,
Mama's gonna bake you a birthday cake.

The actual lyrics to this song go like this.

I think mine are MUCH better. I mean, wouldn't you rather have a horse and a sunshine ray and a birthday cake than a cart and bull and a looking glass? Well, so would Sabine. And I knew this was true when she was sick last week and had been crying for two hours straight until I began rocking her and singing this song, our song. When I would stop for even a second, she would say, "mo pee," which means "more please." And my heart melted into a puddle on the carpet as I sang and rocked for as long as it took, noticing the numbness in my arms only after I laid her down in her crib. I would hold her like that for forever and a day--or until my arms fell off--if I could.


ginacorr said...

Holy Crap, Laura! I sing the same song to Sofia. Of course, I didn't remember all the lyrics either. Your lyrics are way better than the words I chose:) For real. Sofia never says mo please..she just falls asleep,probably just to escape my not so pretty singing voice.Maybe, I'll try your lyrics next time. PS great picture of you two!!! xo

Miss A said...

Ohhhhhh I want a lil' baby too. This is too precious and I loveeeee your picture.

Laura Mauk said...

@gina, really? really? do you think they fall asleep to this song dreaming of all the fun things we're going to buy for them? and then by the time they wake up, they've forgotten? thank you! xoxo

@MissA...oh thank you will someday make an excellent most wonderful mama i think!


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