Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A New Song

I have been living with the composer of the "Symphony of No's", a masterpiece of music that has been the soundtrack of our lives for the past two days.

I don't know where the musician received his inspiration, but I'd like to take some of the credit. After all, true creative genius is often born out of personal angst... and I seem to be the prime source of frustration and torture for my three year old these days.

Perhaps, his composition would best be described as Variations on Theme. For instance:

FORTISSIMO (loud and with surprising force!)
Let's hand this envelope to the nice man behind the post-office counter, Drew.

CRESCENDO (increasing in volume throughout)
Please use your inside voice while we're in Grandpa's office.

STACCATO (each note brief and detached)
Be nice to the dog.
"No! No! NO! No! No! No!"

ADAGIO (at ease, slow)
Let's hurry up and get dressed. We're going to be late for Bible study.

PRESTO (very quickly)
What did you just say to me????
"no.....nononononnono" (as he runs through the house toward an inevitable time-out)

And while all these variations certainly keep the song lively, I am completely DONE with this theme.

I need a new song in my house. Psalm 33:3 exhorts us to "Sing a new song of praise to Him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy." And while I wish my son would change his tune, I know that I need to be the one to teach him the new lyrics.

So.. anyone know of a place where I can get a harp?


Surviving 4 said...

Absolutely hilarious - and strangely familiar. We seem to be composing along the lines of a similar theme in our house these days...

You are so creative, girl. I don't know how you do it. You have the best ideas!

Christy Odom said...

I just laughed harder than I have in a long time. I am sorry that it was at your expense. We have a very similar song in our house lately so I am glad I am not alone. What a great blog!!


Luanne said...

All I can say, is this too, shall pass. I have teenagers--and my arrangements include--ppppp--very quiet on subjects they don't want to talk about. Also--MA--major attitude. Not all the time though--sometimes they make beautiful music!! God bless--found your site on Lysa's.