Thursday, October 09, 2008

Four Pecks to a Bushel

It’s a cliché to say it, but moments with children pass so quickly. The game that we play endlessly for three weeks straight is abandoned for another passion, and then another. This story is already a memory from ages ago in the spring.

I’d been singing the Guys and Dolls tune “(I Love You) A Bushel and a Peck” to Q-ster each evening at bedtime, and we had a routine where he’d ask me to define each line, again and again.

I love you, a bushel and a peck!
A bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck!
A hug around the neck, and a barrel and a heap
A barrel and a heap, and I’m talkin’ in my sleep.
About you!
I love you!

“What’s a bushel, mama?”
“It’s a size of basket, a big basket full of love for you.”
“What’s a peck, mama?”
“It’s a little scoop. It’s a bit of extra love for you, honey.”
“What’s a barrel?”
“A big round container, all full of love for you.”
“What’s a heap?”
“A big pile, just like your stuffed animals here, a pile of love for you.”

It’s a song that SwingDaddy’s mom used to sing to him as a boy, so it was particularly special to sing to him as he requested it once more while I sat with him the dark, feeling largely pregnant and wondering what life with two would be like.

After Buster was born, one of the gifts that arrived was a spectacular pirate mural with stickers to color and add to the design. Q-ster was kind enough to save the octopus for me to color, and pointed out some cylinders.

“What are those?” I asked.
“Barrels, like in the song!”

I guess he was paying attention to our sweet song.

Times change. This week when he awoke in the middle of the night and stumbled into the hallway, I intercepted and led him back to bed.

“Would you like me to sing to you?”
“What song? ‘You are My Sunshine’ or “A Bushel and a Peck’?” I asked, figuring that the comfort staples would be appropriate.

He wanted me to sing Darth Vader’s theme from Star Wars.


Mayberry said...

awwwww... I love Bushel and a Peck. I hope Buster still lets you sing it to him!

Mamacita Tina said...

That change is just too funny!

If we hum the Darth Vader theme music, Laurel freaks out and hides.