Oh, I wish you had been flies on the wall in Owen’s bedroom on Wednesday night.
Here’s the scene: It was just about bedtime. We had a nice bathtime and he was all sweet and clean and wrapped in his towel. I laid him on the changing table to get diapered and pajama-ed. As we were joking and playing around, I started singing “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music. I’d never sung that one before, and Owen was staring at me wide-eyed and totally engaged in the song.
When I got to the part that says, “When I’m feeling sad”, all of sudden his little brow knit together and his lip quivered. I had moved on to “I simply remember my favorite things.. and then I don’t feel…” and he started WAILING. I mean huge, crocodile tears rolling down his cheeks. Body-heaving sobs.
I stopped singing. “What happened? Why are you sad, buddy?”. “SAD SONG. OWEN SAD. HUG, MOMMY!”. He was reaching for me from the changing table with the most pitiful face. I hugged him and tried to explain (through my giggles) that the song was actually about being happy (but the expression “then I don’t feel so bad” doesn’t exactly mean “happy” to a toddler). I stifled my laughter, finished pajama-ing, dried his tears and sent him to the bookshelf to pick a book to read.
But he didn’t want a book.
“Sad song ‘gain, Mommy?”.
He wanted me to sing it again. Even though it made him cry.
So I sang it again, thinking he was over the word sad. But when I got to “when I’m feeling sad”, the SAME THING happened. He cried and cried. Hard. He pulled me to him and said, “Rock in chair. SAD SONG.” At this point I’m practically peeing my pants I’m laughing so hard. I know it’s not nice to laugh at your child crying, but really. How sweet! What raw emotion! What a strong connection between the word sad and actually being sad! What an empathetic little boy! Is “My Favorite Things” really the saddest song he’s ever heard? That, for some reason, struck me as hilarious.
I rocked him in the rocking chair and he said, “Sing it again! SAD SONG!”. I told him no, I didn’t want to sing the song again if it made him sad. He tried everything he could remember from the song, “Kitten song ‘gain? ‘Nofake song ‘gain? Packages ‘tring song again?”.
I asked him why it made him sad and he just nodded his head yes. I asked him if he just needed to cry (what kind of question is that for a 2 year old?!), and he kept nodding. I sang it again. He cried. I rocked.
Catharsis, I guess.
Soon tears were rolling down my face too, but they weren’t sad tears. I literally couldn’t stop laughing about it all night. I hope to get this on video for you very soon. You’ll pee your pants too.