I decided to honor my love for Backyardigan’s music by buying “their” Born to Play CD. I didn’t even lie to myself and say it was strictly for the boys. I did tell them I was buying them something they would love, hoping years from now their memories will blur and all they will remember is a random token of affection from their mother on a Thursday.
Part of the fun with children’s media is how often they discreetly touch upon adult themes. And in case you are wondering, this is exactly the type of overly intellectualized hogwash one should say right before announcing a new favorite song called Go, Go, Go! Sure, Pablo is talking about his go-cart race with the gang. I, on the other hand, hear a song about about perfectionism and then need to succeed at any cost–something that weighs heavily on my mind now that I am starting my own practice.
Mikey liked the song as well, but after around the 5th go-around he was ready to listen to some insipid number about “the customer always being right” blah, blah, blah. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. This lead to a debate between the two of us (I debate with children) on the merits of each song. Mikey almost won the argument on sheer logic, explaining that Go, Go, Go! was just about winning and beating other people in a race, while The Customer is Always Right is about keeping people happy even during unpleasant situations. I told him all that nicey-nicey business is fine and dandy, but if he thinks an altruistic attitude is going to get him 75 extra pounds and 9 ulcers by the time he’s in his early 30s, he’s going to be very disappointed.