“My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
Please bring back my Bonnie to me...”
I was singing this to Simon the other night because he was being over tired and grouchy, and music is often the most surefire way to get him to relax and stop winding himself up.
“That’s pretty gruesome to sing to our child, don’t you think?” my husband asked.
“What!?” I was baffled.
“I have never understood that song,” he explained. “Bring back my body to me!?”
I began to laugh. “Oh honey, have you, all your life, thought that is what the song is about? The word is Bonnie. It is about a girl. It is a Scottish folk song about someone who’s girl is across the sea, not about someone who is disjointed from their body.” I cracked up.
My husband just shrugged.
“Daddy’s funny.” I said to my one-year-old, and he gave me a huge grin and a chuckle.
I just love being in this silly family.
The three of us laugh together every day. From mis-heard song lyrics, to chasing each other around, to peekaboo, we always have fun in each other’s company. This is always how I hoped my marriage and family life would be.
What has made your family laugh lately?
Note: Turns out my husband was partly right. I looked up the lyrics to the rest of the song and the next verse is about how he dreams his Bonnie is dead. So the song is a tad gruesome after all.