Friday 7 September 2012

Reasons to Be Cheerful. 1.

This is intended as the first of an occasional series devoted to little things I come across that lift my spirits and send me on my way with a smile on my face. Spread the joy, that's what I say...

On my way to the station this morning, I was just coming to the T junction at the end of my road when I heard a woman singing merrily. It was a young mother, pushing a buggy with her little girl in it (aged about three, I'd guess), and singing, with full voice, Oranges and Lemons. She looked across and saw me, but instead of doing the English thing and lowering her voice or falling silent, continued on her way, singing the fine old rhyme right through to the end, word and note perfect. After which she immediately started reciting The Owl and the Pussy-Cat...
  Now, this was not an aspirational middle-class mother on some joyless child-improvement project - it felt more like a simple sharing of spontaneous happiness. That little girl is surely getting a good start in life.

1 comment:

  1. Three is a brilliant age. Natural comedians, three year-olds.