‘Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky, twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.’

That’s my grandson’s favourite song and his brother’s and before them their cousins weren’t averse to a little bit of top of the nursery pops. I’ve been singing the twinkle song and other nursery rhymes for over a decade now. It’s amazing how those lyrics came flooding back when I needed them. It’s been decades since I’ve sung it to their fathers.

Why they all love that song above all others I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s making a diamond shape and little hand gestures that gets them. Perhaps it’s their first foray into scientific research.

‘What’s a star, mummy (or nanna) they’d be asking if they could speak? ‘Why is it so high?’  In the meantime they enjoy what they can make of the lyrics that are warbled to them in a croaky voice. Not having anything else to compare it with, they may even ask for encores.  Their manifold questions will come in a year or two, so start preparing. It’s a wonderful time for them.  Everything they see and hear is brand new. They absorb it all holus bolus like little sponges and can’t seem to get enough information.

In the meantime, enjoy the admiration in their eyes as you produce seemingly out of nowhere those rad songs about sheep and sleep and moons and spoons.

‘Twinkle, twinkle little star…’


3 thoughts on “Twinkle, twinkle, this is their song

  1. such a beautiful post.. brings back childhood mem’ries.. my grandma sang that song to me before and is still singing that son for my baby cousins today ^^

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