Wednesday, July 25, 2007

R is for Roller Coaster

Is it wrong that sometimes I parent to amuse myself and not my children?

Last night I was reading an alphabet book to The Mayor who is trying to learn his letters.

The "R" page showed a roller coaster. The riders had their arms thrown up in the air and their mouths formed neat, little "o" screams.

"What are the riders saying, Mommy?" The Mayor asked.

"Uh... They're saying," [I begin to sing...] " Rollercoaster... of love, say what!, Rollercoaster... ha, ha!, Whooo, Whooo, Whooo."

[The Mayor stared at me.]

"Would you like to sing it too?" I asked.

[My bewildered three year old nodded.]

I sang a line, he repeated it...

Welcome to The House of Joy where we're bringing a call and response tradition to some funky, Ohio Players Disco.

Oh. Yes.

It's story time little children.

Come to Mama.


56 comments:

BOSSY said...

This is one of Bossy's favorite songs. She even approved of the Red Hot Chili Pepper version because, um, The Kazoo always brings da funk.

Jennifer said...

Oh great! Now I'm going to have that song in my head all day!

Long time lurker, first time commenter. I enjoy your writing style and love reading about your parenting and your kids.

Have a disco day!

TastesLikeCrazy said...

Everybody need a little funk in da morning.

I'm with Jennifer, have a disco day!

Mamma said...

I love that mine is not the only brain that works that way.

WILLIAM said...

When you get to the letter "S" maybe you can break out the Bay City Rollers.

S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y. Nights.

mamatulip said...

I am going to have this song in my head all day now. Boogie down, sista!

Paige said...

Brilliant.

Now I don't feel so random for having a kid who sings "Purple Rain" during a storm.

Where do you think she got that? Hm?

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

Duuuuuh! Declan knew all the lines to the chorus of Brickhouse by age 3!

Jenny said...

Hell yes. Hailey knows a great mixture of broadway, disco and rap. I'm sure her daycare teachers despise us.

Jenn said...

Shakin' my groove thing as I type.

Roll on baby.

kgirl said...

Sounds like you're teaching them all the right stuff. Rock on, mama.

crazymumma said...

You need to rent Happy Feet. It's been a Boogie Wonderland round here ever since we did.

Jenifer said...

At the moment we are all about the Grease soundtrack.

Have a groovy day!

charlottalove said...

I'm not a parent yet but I sure enjoy rubbing off on my younger siblings. I'm sure I'll do the same when I'm a parent. Besides, it sure makes life less dull right? :o)

Catizhere said...

Your love is like
a rolercoaster
baby baby
I wanna ride
hoo hoo hoo hoo hooo

One of my fav songs to clean to.

Maggies fav right now is Rose Royce's Carwash

Catizhere said...

Man! I wish I could spell!

Rollercoaster

JoeinVegas said...

What?
Whooo, Whooo, Whooo

Kelly said...

Hey man, whatever it takes to keep you going is what I always say! Disco on girl!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

There has to be some perks to this whole parenting thing!


I love having my kids do things to amuse me.....we all usually have fun in the process...and, if not, at least I am happy! (hee-hee)

NotSoSage said...

SO not wrong. At least I hope not. Oh well, if so, the company we keep is looking pretty good.

S said...

Thanks a lot, I'm going to have that song stuck in my head all day!
LOL

Lisa Milton said...

You've come out of the pantry and are whipping out the disco moves.

Impressive.

Queen Karana said...

You're awesome.
Simply awesome.
I swear, all my creativity has gone down the drain. Lend me yours. :)

Lawyer Mama said...

Now I'm singing it and my co-workers already think I'm mentally unstable.

Virtualsprite said...

Don't feel bad... the Ubergoober's favorite songs are "The House that Jack Built" by Aretha (WOOT!) and "Hooked on a Feeling."

You gotta go with what works, and funk definitely works.

flutter said...

Your love is like a roller coaster babay babay I wanna ride!

megachick said...

if this is wrong, i don't wanna be right!

i used to sing american pie to pooka at bedtime. i got soooo sick of twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Mad Hatter said...

hey. almost done that little post I promised you. It'll be up tomorrow. Interestingly enough, I plan to follow it up with a post that recommends 26 alphabet books and 10 counting books.

gotta love a rollercoaster of love

Helena said...

Well, why should only kids have all the fun?

charlie said...

if you like rollercaosters and you have kids...here is a warning for you...please take heed...

http://thechaly.wordpress.com/2007/07/21/im-a-busch-league-parent/

Jean-Luc Picard said...

What a great song for the little ones to sing!

slouching mom said...

Lady, you've got more funk in your little toe...

As I've said before, oh to live in your house.

Biddy said...

LOVE IT!!! You and Bossy are going to have the coolest room at Blogher...why? Because of the two people occupying it!!!

carrie said...

Whatever it takes.

I wish I could find a song to get me through "Go Dog Go".

Carrie

Janine @ Moving Mama said...

I live by the philosophy that just because I'm a mom doesn't mean I've lost my funkiness..WooHoo! Rockin' it Out the the ABCs - cool!

But I do wish my 5 year old wouldn't sing "Baby Got Back" - I just don't know where he picked it up :)

cronznet said...

At least we'll be able to ID you at Six Flags--'cause The Mayor will come up with this song whenever he's near a rollercoaster.
Good Work!

mcewen said...

I'm with Jennifer, you're not doing us any favours here missy.
Cheers

Chaos Control said...

It's stories like these that make you my hero. When I grow up, I want to be just like you!

~JJ! said...

Now I'll have that song in my head all day...

And yes. That is what I do too..some days it just makes it all better...

Is it bad that my daughter knows all the words to You Give Love A Bad Name...?

QT said...

A fine, fine tune if I say so myself.

liv said...

Hey class--eee lay-dee! A boss tune indeed.

Craze said...

That's awesome. I taught my stepdaughter Love Shack when she was about the same age!

Aliki2006 said...

If you can't parent sometimes to amuse *yourself* then what's left, I ask?

Terri B. said...

OK ... so now I'm at work and keep humming this song! Disco days are here again :o)

Jen M. said...

I'm glad this song is stuck in my head - it'll make packing that much more fun!

I am hoping you all have a drink (or two, heh) and toast us ladies who are not coming to BlogHer this year. You and Bossy in a hotel room? I am BEYOND sad to miss that one. Have fun!!!!!!

Diesel said...

My son used to bring home these spelling lists filled with homophones. I couldn't keep myself from "helping" him study by using the words in sentences like "Ben had been here all day, and had seen this scene before." Or "I hear there seems to be a tear in their seam here." I know it's cruel of me, but what do they expect?

urban-urchin said...

wow- for a sicky you're totally on the ball- I would have said something totally lame.

A Week In The Life of A Redhead said...

I taught my son Queen's song "Fat Bottomed Girls" when he was 4. What can I say?
Catherine, the redhead

Hin Man said...

My sons at 5 and 2 sing when I make dinner prayer. And before the Amen, I have to raise my voice to keep them from singing A B c d e f g. Maybe the Lord understands. Oh, the joys.

FENICLE said...

Too cute. To our 5 year old - "R" is for "republic"! It took me awhile to figure out where the hell that came from....but I THINK it's from the Pledge of Allegiance. He's pretty patriotic.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

My littlest runs around singing "Shout at the Devil" b/c his dad plays Guitar Hero on Playstation II a bit too much.

Kyla said...

Okay, there is a chance that I am so young that I've only ever heard the Red Hot Chili Pepper version...and maybe I didn't know it was a remake. Maybe.

cry it out! said...

Are you kidding me? Half of my parenting skills are designed to amuse me. My 1 year old was dancing on a shiny metal pole on the bus the other day, and a little too loudly I told her "not to get used to it." It was worth the stares.
Mike

Moobs said...

I am not familiar with this work - is it Schubert?

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

It's just odd that we have such an influence on their tiny brains. They want to be just like us for some reason... and we, the parent and child, enjoy it oh so much!

Roy said...

you are nuckin' futs...