"Swing Me! Swing Me Like a Daddy Cow!"


I don't think Big Sis was three years old yet when she demanded this of my husband.  

"Swing me!  Swing me like a daddy cow!"

Even today, my husband smiles through misty eyes when he remembers that line.  Classical Baby: The Poetry Show had been released that spring, and it was one of our favorite videos to wind down with together.  Big Sis was especially taken with this one:


Of course, you may recognize the poem.  It's "The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson, from his A Child's Garden of Verses.  

"The Swing," illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.
Taken from Eloise Wilkin's Poems to Read to the Very Young.
(Poems selected by Josette Frank.)
Random House, 1982.  


The singers are Frances Archer and Beverly Gile.  I happened upon them again when iTunes released a bunch of vintage Disneyland Records in their store.  I downloaded this album in its entirety that same year.  Archer and Giles apparently sang selections from this album on The Mickey Mouse Club.

We got our swing set the same month we bought that Classical Baby video.  My 2 and a 1/2-year-old big girl "helped" her daddy and godfather put it together.  She looked so small on it to me.  She had to be pushed, as she didn't know how to pump her arms and legs yet.  

Now both girls look so big on the little swing set.  During the school year, it seems it sits rather neglected.  Little Sis prefers to play on it with other kids, and Big Sis has so much going on after school.  It's waiting for spring break to arrive.

Meanwhile, Mommy just made an eBay purchase.  It really does sound better on vinyl.  Even if my girls would rather listen to Taylor Swift than kiddie music.  It makes me smile.  "Swing me like a daddy cow!"


Walt Disney Presents A Child's Garden of Verses and 
Other Songs for Children.  A Disneyland Record
Performed by Frances Archer and Beverly Gile.
Walt Disney Productions, 1959 edition.


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Comments

  1. We're all on a sentimental kick today! I love it :) That collection of swinging photos is wonderful... what great memories. Does she remember saying that? Stinking cute! love it.

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    1. She does! It embarrasses her, though. She has it in her head that she wasn't cute as a baby/little tyke, which is totally false, of course. She embarrasses so easily now. Sigh.

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  2. Oh my goodness, so exciting about the vintage Disney albums!! I didn't know about this! And the pics of your girls are C.U.T.E.

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    1. When I first saw the announcement for these Walt Disney records, this record was the one that originally caught my eye. I love Cliff Edwards/Ukulele Ike/Jiminy Cricket. But I downloaded this one instead. I still haven't downloaded the Cliff Edwards record, come to think of it. And thanks. :)

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  3. Darling! Adorable! Oh those little faces in the swing! Man I am so jealous of your records!!! lucky lucky!!

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    1. They still love to swing the best! I got so mad at myself earlier, because I was trying to alternate pictures of them in the collage. When I looked at the finished post, I thought, "Oh drat! I put two Big Sis pictures side by side on the bottom!" But no, the middle pic is Little Sis. I forget how alike they looked when they were tiny.

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  4. What a beautiful montage of happy memories! Your girls are adorable.

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    1. Aww, thank you very much! I think I'm a little sappy today. Not enough sleep. ;o)

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  5. Your girls are truly adorable! And I love the swing poem! we swing all the time now, my little one's just started to be brave enough for the big kid swings -we have our Greek version of a swing poem too, that she likes to paraphrase and laugh (what a funny age two/three is, right?). Your girl's quote is so precious- what an awesome three-year-old she must have been!

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    1. Two and three are such fun ages. I miss a little something about every age they've been, but there's always something to love about their current age, too. I hope that feeling continues into their teens... ;o) Have fun swinging with your little one!

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