Ohhhh Rock My Soul
“Rock my soul and I’m rockin’ my baby ham, rock my soul and I’m rockin’ my baby ham…”
I needed Dija to go to school so I could call my mom to ask her if this is what she is teaching her. She had the right tune to “Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham” but she was rocking a baby ham! She was so very pleased with herself that she was showing off yet another new song. I didn’t correct her lyrics either. Nursery school teachers might enjoy this version first. So where did it come from? My first guess was Nana’s house where Dija spends endless hours listening to obscure albums. Real vinyl albums on a real turntable. How many 4 year olds even know that those are?
She will ask Nana to turn on her princess dance records so she can dance in the living room. She will dance and sing. Just her and her … well, herself. Nobody else understands her quite like she does! Dija can evoke emotions like no other. She can be entertaining, loving, caring, thoughtless, reckless, annoying, infuriating, sweet, kind, crazy… oh it’s endless, all in one day. She is learning how to use these attributes a little more appropriately now…How to turn a cranky mood with a little humour or mimic Papa to make him laugh or when to turn super sweet in an attempt to get her way. Oh yes, she is learning quickly. Oh, don’t be silly, we don’t actually fall for her tactics. We have seen it all before! We do laugh a lot though.
So back to the Rocking of Baby Hams… Does anyone out there know where a child would hear that song? Nana claims it wasn’t at her house. I should go read the labels on those vinyls though because who knows what she’s got her listening to over there. The crazy thing is that Dija need only hear a song once and she’s got it… well, as accurately as she hears it I guess. When she can actually read lyrics she will be unstoppable. I’m pretty certain that there is a drama club in her future. Til then we will assist her with some more accurate lyrics and leave some as they are for our own entertainment.
Lets all sing together now… Ohhhhh Rock my soul…