Conversations with Justin: Exit, light

Welcome to Conversations with Justin, a new feature where I recap … conversations with my husband, Justin. Obviously. It’s pretty self-explanatory, really, so it’s probably condescending of me to be explaining this to you right now, because you are smart and can read. Anyway, I hope to make this a regular feature (the conversations, not the explaining). Or at least an irregular one, because it turns out I’m pretty afraid of commitment.

Other than the whole marriage and child-having thing, I mean. I guess those are fairly large commitments.

So, hey. Enjoy.


Conversation #1: in which we discover neither of us knows enough lullabies

SCENE: Evening. We’re in the small one’s room, getting her ready for bed. We’ve just finished singing all the soothing-ish kids’ songs we know, which isn’t many. Despite our efforts to keep things low-key in the hope she’ll wind down, the small one is rocking out like nobody’s business.

Me: We should Google some lullabies so we can sing them to her. We need calmer ones.

Justin: Calmer than Itsy-Bitsy Spider? Calmer than Rain is Falling Down?

Small one: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! (begins yet another attempt to scale the changing table)

Me: Evidently.

Justin(picks up the small one and cuddles her, singing softly as she giggles and coos) Hush, little baby, don’t say a word …

Me(beaming at the Rockwellian tableau of father-daughter bliss before me) Oh, that’s a good one! I didn’t think of tha–

Justin: (still singing) … and never mind that noise you heard. It’s just the beasts under your bed … IN YOUR CLOSET, IN YOUR HEEEAAAD…”


Upshot: we’re going to keep working on this whole bedtime thing.

Also, we are currently accepting submissions of appropriate songs. Please help.

2 Comment

  1. Simone says: Reply

    I have no suggestions because reading this made me realize that I know hardly any children’s songs that aren’t super energetic or of the “cat came back, we thought he was a goner” borderline disturbing variety.

    Erykah Badu’s “Mama’s Gun” album got me through a bout of insomnia in University, but I’m not sure how a toddler would feel about it. Plus, I think the name alone, disqualifies it.

    1. Jean says: Reply

      Hah! Honestly I’m willing to try almost anything at this point, as long as it’ll get her to sleep…

      You might be on to something with the University throwback. I was a big fan of Elliott Smith back in the day, and his stuff’s pretty mellow (if a little melancholy).

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