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.