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Caroling with an Ornery Toddler

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I was driving with my three year old in the car. He was happily singing songs and started in with, “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer had a very…,” until he forgot the words. In frustration he screamed, “I can’t remember!”
I tried to prompt him with “…shiny nose.” Still frustrated, he screamed, “No! That’s not it!”
I tried to re-boot with “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer…” He screamed, “No!”
“Rudolph the red nosed…” He yelled, “No!!”
“Rudolph the red…” He cried, “No!!!”
“Rudolph…” He wailed, “No!!!!”
Frustrated, I sang, “No no no. No no no. No no no-no-no” to the tune of “Jingle Bells”
Very calmly, and with a quizzical tone, my three year old corrected me and said, “Daddy, that’s not a song at all.”

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