Little Man: A Crooner

I’ve written before of how I don’t sing traditional lullabies to the Little Man. Instead, I tend to sing him Bing Crosby songs. I know many more of those songs than I do lullabies. I’ve been singing him these songs since he’s been born and for a while, they worked really well at helping him doze off. A few weeks ago, I noticed something interesting. I’d start singing him one of the songs, and he would end up singing a word or two of the song with me, as if he was actually remembering the lyrics.

And then last night, I was getting the Little Man into his pajamas and singing him a version of “Sam’s Song”. This is a catchy little tune with a nice variety of lyrics. One of the verses goes

The people that you meet
Out on the street
Are whistling, Sam’s Song

I sang the first line of this verse last night, and the Little Man got a big smile on his face and as I finished singing the word “meet”, he sang (as best as a two-year old can), “Out on the street!”

I know I shouldn’t have been surprised but I was so stunned that I just stopped singing and started laughing. So he has been paying attention all this time! Turns out he know more of the song than I would have believed, had I not heard him sing it myself.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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