They think we live in a musical

I planted a seed and did  little to encourage it to grow.

First, we showed the children this clip from Annie Get Your Gun.

Parents, please review before showing to children.  The pictures in the sidebar are not always appropriate.****

Then, we watched the whole movie later.  In recent weeks, we have also watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Sound of Music again.  Then I kind of jokingly suggested that there should be no arguments in our house that are not sung. 

There were a few laughing reminders “Children, you are not singing.”  And Sid and I sang a few silly arguments.  But all was done in a joking manner.  No hard rules were laid down.

Then last week I overheard the boys talking.  It sounded like they were slipping into an argument.  Note that my definition of an argument is about any contradiction of another person that has little purpose or value.  I think most contradictions, even gentle ones, stem from the contradictor’s pride and desire to be “right.”  I’m kind of picky about it, but I like for the kids to recognize their motivations BEFORE it ever gets to the point of a heated, raised voice.

Just as I was about to draw the boys’ attention to the direction their conversation was going, they broke into song . . . . . .  . .

“YES, you arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”

“Nooooooooooo, I’m noooooooooooot.”

And this week the girls have sung arguments over whether Rachel is allowed to remove knives from the dishwasher and who was going to use the dustpan to sweep up their chocolate zucchini muffin crumbs from the floor.

I think they get it.

Although, I think there will be more arguments in the house now.  They are finding it too much fun to argue in song, and with such sweet, charming voices raised, I can hardly complain about that.

Sing with us now.

I’m a lonesome pole________ cat

Lonesome, sad and blue

‘Cause I ain’t got no feminine polecat

Vowing to be true________

Ooooooooh ooooooooohoohoohoohoohoohoohooh

Cain’t make no vows to a herd of cows


The kids sing this song a lot. I get so tickled when Sidney is wiping down the kitchen counter and starts whistling or sing “Lonesome Polecat.” I included a clip in case someone is unfamiliar with this song, and because the kids like to press play over and over and over.

Just this week, I heard the funniest song to date come from the lips of my 8-year-old son :

Oh, you cain’t shoot a male

in the tail,

like a quail . . . . .

You cain’t get a man with a gunnn!

We had never heard this song until we watched Annie Get Your Gun with the children this week.

And another one we  have all sung this week . . . . . . .

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Many thanks to Aunt Sandra for including the above clip on her blog.  I think my 3 oldest kids were entranced to see grownups argue and act so childish.  After watching the above clip, they begged us to rent Annie Get Your Gun from Netflix.  They thought it was hysterical.

So yesterday, we viewed and sung the above 3 clips over and over and didn’t even have time for math.  I consider it Courting/Marriage 101.