Ode To Suri and Brutus

Thursday, January 10, 2008

What with the painting and the laundry and the unpacking, today is the first day where I have gotten my act fully together to do a pre-planned, structured day of home schooling. We are on a little break right now, and just before this we had a little "song time." Jude surprised me, but only a little, by wanting to sing a song he made up "on the fly." Usually the songs he "makes up" are closely related to songs he already knows. For example, yesterday he was singing "Oh, Can-a-ba!" and I corrected him, saying, "Sing it properly, please." He said, "This is a different song, not 'Oh, Canada!'" "Oh," I said.

What really surprised me was the poignancy and originality of his most recent composition. It was still fairly "free-form", so while I tried to remember it as accurately as possible, please take this as the closest approximation, with the heart intact, not as a verbatim quote.

My Little Dog Is Gone
By Jude Winters

Oh, my little dog is gone
I wonder where it went?
My little dog is gone,
I miss my little dog.
Why did you have to go?

My little dog went away
When will I see you again?
My little dog is gone
My little dog is gone

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  1. Terrible when the reality of necessity in life is so heart breaking to our children. Makes a mom wonder just how long they carry around their attachments...
    Very creative though!

  2. Oh Canaba ... HA! :D That's awesome.

    The song is sweet and sad, a lament or something. Did you get the music of it down?

  3. Dawn - It kinda caught me by surprise, too. Once in a while he still comes out with something about our "old house" in Sylvan Lake, too!

    Colleen - I didn't write down music--I barely remembered the words. But it was mostly just a sing-song type melody that he uses every time he makes up a song. It was very sad-sounding, though.


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