Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Don't Know

I realized something the other night. I do not know my lullabys and I suck at reading out loud.

Amber informed me on Monday night that I must start singing to the baby. We were in bed, so I shimmied up to her stomach and started to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. A couple verses in I drew a complete blank. I finished the song with something like "dum de dum" in the rhythm of the song. Amber happened to have a book on her nightstand that had some songs in it, so we broke it open and picked one. We sang it together, allthewhile I was thinking, "Are these versus new?"

I wasn't about to let The Remix down, so I belted out one of my favorite songs, Sixteen Tons. (I like it so much I have three versions of it in my collection.) It's not exactly an empowering song to say the least, but Johnny Cash did a version, so at least I'm influenciung It's taste in music toward the good stuff.

In this same book happened to be some nursery rhymes. Great, I thought, I'll soothe the beast (the baby not Amber) with a story. I start to read outloud and I swear to the God of Breast Milk I sounded like a 3rd grader with a severe st-sss-st-studder. It got b-b-b-better by the end, but I was shocked and appaled.

I've heard people say that parenting is the hardest thing they've ever done, and I know I'll learn a lot, but these are not the lessons I had in mind. I was expecting the subject matter to be diapers, baby-proofing a house, and eventually the hair "down there" talk. I'm sure I'll be f-f-fine reading to the kid and learn all the important songs, but for now, Johnny Cash and Tennessee Ernie Ford are going to have to do.


Blogger Larsen Family said...

I think when you get used to reading to your little remix that you will get better day by day. One of the funnest things to do with a child is to read to them. I have three books I read over and over to Camden. I think you should pick them up and get them ready for the remix.

-Sometimes I like to Curl up in a Ball by Vickie Churchill
-Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
-The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

What an amazing father you are going to be. Congrats on the pending remix.

August 27, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

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