Wednesday, January 30, 2008

canorous autonomy

Cass has decided he can take his own baths now. He's mastered the hard-to-do-bit, the sloshing of water over his head after shampooing, and feels confident in soaping up and rinsing off without any help. Not that I was helping that much, you understand, but now I'm not invited in to read while he splashes away.

This relieves me from the nightly ritual of handing him a washcloth so he can cover his parts (Mooo-oooom!) and finding another so he can wipe his eyes free of bathwater.

And now that I'm not there, he sings.

A mixture of short songs he learns at school (Here comes the train for you...Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, eve-rrry day the train will go) and songs from his MP3 player (Accidentally in loooove, I'm accidentally in loooooo-vvvvee..(pause)..Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet...Make a little birdhouse in your soul)* trickle from the bathroom and wend their way downstairs, where his father and I sit, grinning like fools at each other.

Six is sometimes a know-it-all, and definitely testing boundaries, but six is very, very nice.

And musical.



*His musical taste varies hugely from Shrek (that retching sound? Not attractive, Alethea!) soundtracks to Death Cab For Cutie to dance stuff to Newfoundland jigs. Pigeonholing this kid is going to be tough.

22 comments:

Vanessa said...

And I thought I was the only one still singing that They Might Be Giants song!

daysgoby said...

Hi Vanessa!

Nope, tonight was both Istanbul(Not Constantinople) AND Birdhouse In Your Soul - songs that earworm me every time!

min said...

Oh, I just want to eat him up!! He's doing all the cutest stuff right now! Treasure him!

Molly said...

It's great to be six and know you are loved and that the world is out there and that you can SING!

Jess-we have another "Where I'm From." I think you're going to like it. It's my sister's--in my links---Riseoutofme.

M&Co. said...

Oh everytime to BoyChild tells me he can do something and I don't have to in the bath, it makes me a little sad. Washing his hair is about all he lets me do anymore.

anastasia "jobless" beaverhausen said...

He's a real Renaissance man!

meggie said...

What a lovely boy he is!!

Jenty said...

That is so sweet! It's such a happy post :) Clever child.

paper napkin said...

Cutie! I wish my girls could wash their own hair (they just don't get it clean enough-- long hair, pfft), or my boy was old enough to do it.

Loth said...

Newfoundland jigs are popular here too - both our boys are big fans of Great Big Sea (Mari Mac especially cos they can race each other!) and will occasionally perform songs from that repertoire. Oh, and Reel and Roll by Rawlins Cross. I dunno either.......

blackbird said...

Don't you love listening to kids when they are busy?

anyhoo...I've given you an award - click back to my place to read about it.

cheers!

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

I'm almost (but not quite) ashamed to admit that I immediately recognized the song from Shrek. I think it's great that he likes Death Cab for Cutie. My girls are fans too.

At least he has short hair; makes it easier to rinse. One of my girls is growing her hair for Locks of Love and it's really hard to rinse in the shower, so she usually needs help.

Badger said...

Both of my kids sing REALLY LOUDLY in the shower, and I absolutely love that. They are so un-self-conscious about it, too.

Don't tell anyone, but the other night my boy child -- who will be 12 in April -- was singing the Higglytown Heroes song in the shower. Cracked. Me. UP!

Beagle said...

How about the Cottars?

I want to say that Cass is super cute but I can hear my husband telling me that cute is not for boys or men. Well, then, he is mighty handsome!

alison said...

The Best Eavesdropping Ever that I ever did was to stand outside the bathroom and listen to my girls in the tub together singing 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. I think I sprained a rib trying to laugh quietly. They were good too.

It's kind of sad when they want to do stuff by themselves, though. The singing is wonderful and it's obvious that you've exposed him to lots of different music. That's a good thing.

My Float said...

Oh, he is so cute. Musical AND modest - he'll stand out in the music world!

PS. I'm sure I'm not the only one retching to Shrek! And thank goodness this year's cake wasn't Shrek-inspired.

Erin said...

Don't rag too hard on Shrek - my sister was a producer on II and the 3rd.

Cass is so handsome! And getting so big!

And I LOVE his taste in music! You can almost hear the ear worms going through his head.

Sarah O. said...

Bliss is hearing your child sing. It more than makes up for his growing autonomy, eh?

jAMiE said...

And what a handsome six he is...

Major Bedhead said...

Oh, you must teach him Mari Mac. And Lukey's Boat. Both are fast and fun tongue twister songs. If you really want to be cruel..uh, I mean, expand his repertoire, teach him Modern Major General.

Stomper Girl said...

I love hearing singing. Mine have not become uncomfortable in front of me yet, thank heavens, plenty of nude singing in my presence still!

Angewl said...

Now, have you caught any of this on video? He would be so thankful when you show it off to all his friends! lol

he's adorable, but you already know that. lol