Stop Singing!

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Miss Rose is a big fan of music. She is currently loving “Roar” by Katy Perry which we put on at least once a day. Usually more. I’m okay with this because I like it too. I also like to sing along to it. Miss Rose does not like me to sing along to it.

She will stand watching the TV screen as Katy prances around in her leaves and leopard print get up, jiggling up and down. As soon as I burst into an enthusiastic accompaniment she shouts “NO!” at me and stamps her foot.

Quite honestly I’m getting a complex.

She will allow me to sing along for a small amount of time with other songs, not many but some, but eventually I’m given the same command.

I have tried a quiet singing along whilst I get on with things, nope still not allowed. The only songs mummy is allowed to sing are “Row Row Row Your Boat”, “Wind The Bobbin Up” and other such nursery rhymes. Indeed she will frequently shout “ROW ROW!” at me, at which point I burst into song. Such is my need to sing, that “Row Row” has now been expanded to include approximately ten verses, many of which I can give a rather dramatic performance with.

Now admittedly I am not blessed with the most mellifluous of singing voices… if I don’t break above a certain octave I’m not too offensive, but Katy Perry does require a little more enthusiasm. Perhaps Miss Rose is blessed with a better ear for music than myself, and will herself turn out to be quite a singer, unlike her poor tone deaf mother.

The fury that was unleashed when I attempted to sing along with Amy Adams whilst we were watching Enchanted AGAIN, honestly you’d think I’d just strung her Panda up by the neck.

I still sing though, despite her protests. My mother and I, and my aunty when she’s visiting, frequently burst into song at the least provocation. I suspect that Miss Rose will do the same… that is until she’s a teenager at which point she will go back to “NO!”

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Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!

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