Training the young by really awfully earnest, learned and decorous examples.

28022013 R & J at schoolI am ever conscious of the need to maintain a dignified grandfatherly presence in order to offer an example of how seriously life must be taken, and to instil culture and education in my grandchildren.  An example may be drawn from a typical scene in the car, travelling home after little J and I have collected young R from playschool. 

Me *sings*:

‘Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream …’

J (gleefully):


R *sings*:

‘If you see a crocodile …’

J beams, and she and I both take in deep breaths.


‘Don’t forget to scream!’



J & R:

‘EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!’ (Think incredibly high-pitched, here.)

 R got the above adaptation of the song from school.  However she and I have developed it further, and the verses we go on with are as follows:

Row, row, row your boat … 

… Gently down the brook,
If a ghost is lurking there,
Don’t forget to spook! 

… Gently down the river,
If you see piranha fish,
Don’t forget to shiver! 

… Gently down the dam,
If you see a hippo there,
Don’t forget to scram! 

… Gently down the lake,
If you see a monster there,
Don’t forget to quake! 

… Gently on the sea,
If you see a great white shark …
Quickly climb a tree! 

All verses are accompanied by suitable miming – restricted, in my case, to what is possible while giving due attention to driving. 

Are you not filled with admiration at such dedication to culture and the higher things? Especially the screams: those definitely are!  So much healthier to entertain them with high screams rather than ice creams, not so?

(Don’t forget to vote in the Caption Competition below!) 

© Colonialist March 2013 (WordPress)


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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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36 Responses to Training the young by really awfully earnest, learned and decorous examples.

  1. Tokeloshe says:

    I dont know who is the most fortunate.


  2. pinkpolkad0tfood says:

    Ahhhhh, toooo cute!


  3. Gobetween says:

    They are going to have nightmares 😀


  4. SidevieW says:

    There is nothing like the company of children to keep one young and lighthearted
    Your girls are beautiful!


  5. susielindau says:

    Great times! They are lucky to have you!


  6. uk-wizard says:

    I think you need a larger cage for those two …grin


    • colonialist says:

      Oh, hooray – the comment is back. I approved it, and then it vanished. I found it again by using the ‘back’ function, and at that point a power dip came …
      Now I found it again in the unapproved section. Computers are scary, sometimes. In fact, quite often.
      We do actually have a bigger cage for them. That one is for the school bunnies! 🙂


  7. Colline says:

    Your grandkids must love you. They will have those memories in their minds long after they have stopped singing those verses with you. Such fun.


  8. Roly says:

    Grandkids are fun. I’m enjoying mine emensely


  9. You’re mirroring my happiest moments in life…the ones I remember with my own grandparents, and now with my own two granddaughters. You’ve made me smile!


    • colonialist says:

      It is the way one would hope grandparents would be remembered. Mine were terribly Victorian and intimidating.
      Today’s journey was occupied with speculation by R regarding the insults to sister and praise of herself a pet parrot would be trained to utter – if she had a pet parrot. ‘J is a nana; R is gorgeous!’ gives one sample.


  10. AnElephantCant believe it
    Colonialist has shattered his dream
    The bestest of fun
    With his grandson
    Is his weekly helping of ice cream


  11. nrhatch says:

    Now that you’ve mastered “Row, Row, Row your Boat,” it’s time to tackle a few more songs, like “The wheels on the bus go round and round” or “The Horse in Striped Pajamas.” 😀


  12. adinparadise says:

    Love the pic of your two little ‘angels’. 🙂 It’s odd that you should post about this song, as the other day, on the tube train, there was a mom and her two little children, playing the same game with that song, accompanied by ear-splitting screeches of glee and gales of laughter. The whole carriage was enrapt. 😀


  13. Aww… what a great memory 🙂 They’ll have that forever. Maybe you should get some of these sing-alongs on tape? They are both so precious!
    Dignified…? I think they prefer FUN grandfather over boring, serious Grandfather, as is evident from the high pitch squeal.


  14. 68ghia says:

    You remind me of my father – he also always used to do these things with my boys when they were small 😉
    It’s good to laugh and play with them – you need it as much as they do 😉


  15. newsferret says:

    Lucky you with the grandies on your doorstep, ours are 18 hour by jet away.


  16. d1nx says:

    Btw.. meant to say, the girls are absolutely delicious. Gorgeous munchkins!


  17. d1nx says:

    Col, it’s so good to find a grandpa who’s as good as I am a granny LOL. Seriously you are a treat!. I just love your version(s). Will have to learn them to sing over Skype this week. :). Thanks for sharing.


  18. You are a wonderful grandfather!


  19. bulldog says:

    What a great Grand father you are .. I’m still getting mine to pull my finger…


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