Ian has started telling me the same thing every day.
“Don’t sing anymore”.
I know I have complained about this before, but this really hurts my feelings. I know it shouldn’t. I mean he is two years old. He is just trying to assert himself. But he never wants me to sing to him anymore.
I remember my friend Ahlem telling me that her little boy would put his hand over her mouth when she sang to him. She said that she was a terrible singer but she thought that the sound of his own mother’s voice should still be soothing to him. I thought that this was a hilarious story. I also thought that my children would love it when I sang to them.
I was mistaken.
I thought that singing was one thing that I learned in college that I could actually use in my new career as a parent. I remember when The Squad was only a couple of months old and they were both screaming their heads off because I couldn’t pick them both at the same time (this was before they could hold their own heads up) and I started singing them a lullaby that I learned my sophomore year and they both got quiet. HA! I thought – and my parents thought a degree in music would be worthless.
I was telling my Mom about this (not her thinking my degree was worthless, but about Ian not letting me sing) yesterday and she said “Oh my God. He’s Mike.” And then it all came flooding back. I could hear my brother moaning “No Mommy. Don’t sing. Don’t sing.” I never understood this. My mother has a beautiful voice. I always liked it when she sang to us. (Unless it was really early in the morning.) I don’t know if there was anything my brother seemed to hate more than when my Mom and I would harmonize to songs on the radio.
I still don’t get it. I don’t know why Ian doesn’t like it and I don’t know why Mike doesn’t like it when I sing. I was shocked when my brother asked me to sing at his wedding. Maybe by the time Ian is old enough to get married he will change his mind about this too. Or maybe Britt forced my brother to ask me to sing at the ceremony. Either way, it seems to be genetic.