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“… Then your face will surely show it.”

One of the singular joys of preschool is the serendipitous discovery that Simon has learned something I long ago forgot. Within the past two weeks, this has happened twice.

Once Matt and sang “If You’re Happy and You Know It” to Simon, in truth to occupy his hands during a diaper change. We assumed when we said “clap your hands” that he would. The kid loves to clap and will do so whenever cued. Then we got to the face bit and he put two little fingers up to two little dimples. We didn’t teach him that; Lana and crew did. The gesture was made even more delightful by its being so unexpected, like a little gift from KIP to us. Now its a favorite game to play at home.

The second time involved the “Shabbat Shalom” song. KIP does a children’s service on Fridays, and my mom arrived to pick Simon up one day before the service was over. Laura, one of the teachers in the room and an old friend of the family, told Mom about how much Simon loves the songs during the service, especially the “Shabbat Shalom” one. When we got home, I sang out the title, and Simon looked up me with a surprised “how do you know this?” look and then cheerily sang back, “Hey!”

I had totally forgotten about the “hey” part. Even though it also accompanies the “quiet please” call-and-repsonse song “Sheket B’vakasha,” even though I called out “hey!” a million times in my own life, and even though the daughter of friend recently blogged about the same thing with her daughter.

I can’t wait to see what we surprise each other with next.

One Response to ““If You’re Happy and You Know It…””

  1. blg says:

    even though….

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