Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Sounds of Silence...

I am musically unskilled in every way. I can't play an instrument. I can't even clap in rhythm. I most certainly cannot sing.
But I love it. So I do it anyway, when no one is around to suffer. No one except my daughter, that is. And she does suffer.
She went through a phase of wanting to take her Hello Kitty "earmuffins" with her whenever I drove anywhere. In the summer. I just thought she liked them, until the day she asked from the back seat, "Are you done singing now?" When I said I was, she said, "Good, now I can take off these ear muffins."
Yesterday I was belting out "I Need Thee Every Hour" (or the house-cleaning song) as we cleaned up her room. Suzy said she thought it was too loud. So I sang a verse more softly. She said that was still too loud. I sang a line very softly, and asked her if that was better. She said, "It is, but how about you sing like this?" at which point she began to silently mouth the words.
I burst out laughing, and then I was moved to pity. I passed the rest of the time listening to podcasts, and Suzy's audial suffering came to an end.


  1. You and Suzy could go on the road with your act!

    Hilarious--love the part about you needing to just mouth the lyrics.

    My dad, also is notoriously known for not being able to carry a tune in a bucket. Even though everyone in our church still teases him about joining the choir, etc., he is always faithful to sing his heart out. His motto is "make a joyful noise unto the Lord." Suzy will probably like me, one day, relish in the sound of your off key voice. I know it makes me smile because I know the heart of the man who is trying to catch those notes.

    you guys made me smile,

    love christy

  2. When I'm singing in the car and the kiddos, mainly EC, tells me to stop. I simply point out that it's my car...yep, we're not a democracy!! Mostly, I do it to totally aggravate her!