On Friday, Meg Fowler posted a link to her Muxtape (if you don't know what Muxtape is, think website and the mixed tapes you used to make back in the day) which is a mix of soul music. Didn't get a chance to listen to it until this morning while I was getting the kids breakfast ready. The first song is Oh Happy Day by Mahalia Jackson. Click the link if you've never heard it. Anyway, this is a gospel song and one of the lines is "when Jesus walked." Now, the boys had to be taught not to say 'Jesus' because they may have picked it up from one of their parents who happened to use it inappropriately in their presence. We don't need to point fingers here, it doesn't matter which parent, in fact, it could have been on tv, right? Sure. So this phrase starts coming up in the song, which I have on loud, and Connor starts saying, "Daddy, they're saying a bad word." Um... So then follows a sad attempt to explain the difference between using Jesus' name in a song and using it when you've stubbed your toe. Have you ever tried to explain something to a four year old? It's much like trying to talk to a puppy. All he got out of it was that he now has an excuse to say something he was not previously allowed to say, as long as he sings it. So my little boy who hates singing is now wandering the house singing "Jesus walked" over and over again. Though he's not quite getting that right either since it seems to be coming out "what Jesus wore" or Jesus war."
Oh happy day.