Sunday, September 12, 2004

Wee Sing(tm)...the Devil's Handiwork?

Like many caring parents, I’ve been barraged by much marketing about toys, games and activities that I should purchase so my son grows into a smart, well-adjusted, emotionally stable young adult. In the interests of introducing my son to music (other than the Pearl Jam riffs he hears whilst riding in the car with me), I purchased a CD entitled “Wee Sing for Babies”. The name itself is so cute, you can’t help but like it, with the clever pun and all. With a price tag under $10, it was a no-brainer. I brought it home, plopped it into the portable CD player in the kitchen and voila! Alex loved it! It’s little kids singing very short songs and nursery rhymes.

What good parents we are! we thought. We puffed out our chests and were proud of the fine appreciation of music that we were instilling in our young tot. Until… the backlash.

I was lying in bed on night, after a dinner enjoyed with the Wee Sing CD cutely playing in the background. I could not get to sleep. Was it because I was thinking about work the next day? No. Worried about personal finances? No. Daydreaming about dimply Jeff Probst? Unfortunately no. It was because I had the “Peas Porridge” song on loop and repeat in my brain!

You know how you get a jingle from a commercial stuck in your head? (FAO Schwartz is the big violator here) ALL these songs are jingle-sized! They stick in your brain like toddler snot on your favorite silk blouse!

Meanwhile, I'm laying in bed trying to think of a new song…any song…and I finally did, except it was “Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands”. ARG! Then “Hickory Dickory Dock”…then “John Brown's Baby”. Then I finally fell asleep…and DREAMED OF THESE DAMN SONGS! AAAHHHH!

I mentioned it to my husband the next day, and he had been having the same experience only at work! The next day, I was minding my own business, working hard, and an email came in from Randy (ding!). Guess what it was? He had typed “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old…”. Bastard. AAAHHH! AAAHH! PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!

You’d think we would learn our lesson – toss the CD and be done with it. But the look on Alex’s face when we play that damn CD is just so precious. His little eyes just light up and he starts hopping up and down (toddler dancing, we think). I fear this is a precursor to things to come, but yes, Wee Sing is still resident in our kitchen CD player.

Serve me up some peas porridge…hot please.


At September 13, 2004 at 11:29 AM, Blogger Cagey said...

Quit stuffing the kid's brain with crep and get out the Pink Floyd - STAT!

At September 13, 2004 at 5:50 PM, Blogger Kitty said...

John Brown's Baby?!? I presume it's a variation on the far less toddler-friendly "John Brown's Body (Lies A-Moulderin' in the Grave)". Wow, I just don't know what else to say. Except that I guess Alex will have to learn his Kansas history elsewhere.

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