Yesterday on the drive from my stepfather’s house I was in a singing mood. Let’s just say that I have no talent for singing. I believe I am tone deaf. I can’t even carry a tune. While it sounds great to me, I can tell by the expression of others that that is not the case.
It was only Jazmine and me in the car so I felt comfortable performing. Besides, what does a toddler know about singing? I started with “Ice Cream” by Sarah McLaughlin. I thought Jazmine would get a kick out of my serenade.
As soon as I sang a few bars she screamed “shut up!” This is her new favorite word that we are trying to stop her from using. I gave her a mini lecture reminding her that “shut up” was not a nice thing to tell someone. There are nicer ways to let a person know that you don’t want to hear them. You can say things such as be quiet or even hush, I continued.
She stayed silent. Satisfied that she got the message I continued singing. A few seconds later Jazmine said, Then be quiet and huss! I guess toddlers know something about singing afterall!