Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

A Little Laughter


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.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

4 thoughts on “A Little Laughter

  1. what a happy family…Looking at Simon’s picture, seems that he’s so entertained. (I’m sorry if my English isn’t really good)

  2. So funny! I was singing this song to my little guy the other night and wondering what it meant. I just like the melody of it. Singing it over and over puts him to sleep. However, maybe it’s because he’s scared that I might throw him in the ocean if he doesn’t go to bed. LOL

    • Hahaha. Oh my! I like using it as a lullaby too. It is so interesting how these old songs that were not originally written for children, can show up as standards on Cd’s of music just for them.

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