When I was taking classes at a community college, much to my dismay, a speech class was required to complete my AA degree. I am not a fan of public speaking and I would rather stay out of the lime light but for the class I had to prepare four or five speeches. Truth be told, I managed to skip out of class for a couple of speech days and still got an A due to an instructor giving grace during his last semester before retirement. One of the two speeches I gave was on Mondegreens, which basically are the wrong lyrics to a song. I gave several examples of popular Mondegreens and had the class roaring with laughter. It was a bright moment in my life.
Andy, like many kids, is very good at making Mondegreens. We bought an album of Sunday School Songs and listen to it quite often. The lyrics to one of the songs are:
Clap your hands, all you people
Shout unto God with a voice of triumph
but Andy sings:
Clap your hands, all you people
Shout like a dog with a voice of child
It doesn’t even make sense but Mondegreens usually don’t. I’ve tried teaching him the correct words but he likes it his way. It doesn’t help that we crack up every time he sings it wrong.
Speaking of making things up. Our garage door has been giving us problems for months. It was no different one Sunday morning when we were heading to church and the garage door wouldn’t shut. Chris had to get out of the truck to enter the code on the keypad and on his way out he muttered “Son of a…” but didn’t finish the crude phrase. Andy finished it for him but instead of using the popular word, in his four-year-old innocence, he said “Daddy”. We just died laughing. Unknowingly, he provided some comic relief.
Andy loves people and going places and doing things. He is always asking me “Where are we going tomorrow?” When he comes home from school on Thursdays he reminds me that he has school in four days and we count them down through the weekend until Monday when he gets to go back. Sunday School is a bright spot during the weekend! Because of his excitement of getting out we like to plan fun things for him to do. One Saturday a month Home Depot holds a kids workshop so one of us takes him to make something useful. Recently he made a red race car. That was so cool!
On another Saturday this winter, the elementary school in town held a 4K Sock Hop. Andy talked about going for days and it didn’t disappoint. He had a blast and really enjoyed dancing to the fun 4K songs and running around with his friends.
So when one of my kids has an appointment coming up I like to talk it up and make it sound super fun. I know I can’t be the only mom who does this. Josh knows better but Andy is still blissfully ignorant. I took him to his first dentist appointment last week and he was so excited. Ironically, the dentist had just visited Andy’s school and talked about taking care of your teeth so that didn’t hurt the situation.On our way to the appointment, Josh disgustingly asked Andy why he was so excited. I shushed him right away not wanting him to sway Andy’s belief that getting your teeth clean is fun. Andy watched Josh get his teeth x-rayed, cleaned, flossed, inspected and covered in fluoride first. Andy could hardly contain his excitement. Then it was Andy’s turn. The Dental Hygenist tried getting x-rays but Andy’s mouth is still a little too small. Then she showed Andy all the instruments and let him feel them. She lowered his chair (like a ride!) and began to clean his teeth. He sat so still and was so good! Until the fluoride. The look on his face said it all. I wish I would have gotten a photo. I’m not sure he’s going to be so excited to see the dentist anymore. He did really well, though. Both of them did. And Luke fell asleep in my arms so that was a plus.
One more quick Andy story: Last night while sleeping he yelled out “Dad! It’s not corn, Dad!” several times. I wonder what he was dreaming about. It was really funny, though!