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May 21, 2010

Channeling Bing

After years of badgering, begging, pleading, and bargaining, my parents bought a dog when I was nine. Emma was, and still is, the most spoiled dog in the entire world and is completely convinced that she is also human. Growing up, said person-dog would occasionally get jealous of the affection my mother showed to my younger sister. So jealous that she would growl and nip at my sister. As you can imagine, that didn't sit well with my parents.

At one point and for what reason only God knows why, my sister decided to sing to calm Emma. The song? Bing Crosby's White Christmas. The BEST Christmas song from the BEST Christmas movie of all time.

Shockingly, it worked like a charm. Angry Dog became You're My Best Friend Please Scratch My Belly Dog. It still works to this day.

The other day, Nathaniel was crying. It's the teething, y'all. You really cannot know what it is like to live with a teething baby until you experience it firsthand. And if any of you are curious, I invite you to come stay with us. I don't charge rent... as long as you lactate. We'll just call it even.

In the midst of the fussing, I had a stroke of brilliance. I snuggled the babe, channeled Bing, and started singing.

It was more magical than Disneyland and Disney World combined. The crying stopped. The babe got drowsy. And then he fell fast asleep. And mama found one more reason to love the Christmas season.

1 comment:

  1. :) Lovie was born right after Xmas so I started singing "Momma loves you, Momma loves, Momma loves you baby girl" to the tune of a Xmas song. Still do today. That's before bed though. What I sing to calm her is You are my Sunshine. We'll be in the car (every day) and she'll start fussing and I can't get to her but as long as I sing this darn song, she totally stops fussing and will generally fall asleep. Not sure how as my voice is NOT pleasant.