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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: Sing While You Shop
By sue moreland


“Mom, you are doing it again”, and you are doing it a tad too loud. Do you have to?
“Sorry, I can’t help myself. Seems to me that the overhead music is there for you to sing along. Why else do they pipe it in?

“ You know, Mom, your sister does the same thing. When I shopped with her the other day she sang along to the music just like you. Except I think you sing louder. It must be a genetic thing in your family. I’m glad I’m adopted and I don’t share your genes I’d hate to think that something uncontrollable would make me burst out in song at the first sound of music.”

My daughter, Karissa and I have had this discussion numerous times. I do have a habit of singing along to the music that is piped into all the malls and stores around town. And if she is with me she always comments. Usually, she thinks if I have to do it I should at least sing a little softer.

I love singing and I do it so subconsciously that I don’t even realize I am doing it. Except of course when I’m out with her. I can’t remember when I didn’t sing along with the music. I really do try to refrain when I am out with her even though it is harmless. I guess it embarrasses her. I don’t know why it would, after all I’m the one singing and it doesn’t embarrass me.

Last week Karissa and I went shopping with her seven year old son, Garen. I was doing my best not to sing. I really was. But Garen, bless his heart, was listening to the music and he began to belt out the words with volume and gusto.

“Grandma, do you know this song?” he asked. “Can you sing it with me? I love this song”.
So what could I do, I had to sing. We finished the song as a duet and Karissa stood shaking her head. “ I can’t believe you are corrupting my son. I was hoping it was the genes that caused it. Now I see it is the environment”.

Garen looked at his mother and said, “Mommy, don’t you like to sing? It’s lots of fun. You should try it.”

Well, now that her son is doing it and he is so cute, perhaps she will just let us sing and enjoy ourselves.

I saw the perfect gift for her for Mother’s day. It was a sweatshirt that had a big music note on it and it said: “Sing and make melody in your heart”. I think Garen would love to give it to her

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cindy yarger03/15/07
This was just fun all the way around! Good job.
Julie Ruspoli03/16/07
Isn't embarrasing our kids by just being ourselves the best fun in the world. Great article.
Paul Potenza03/17/07
Keep Singing...

Sing at the top of your voice!

I read a story from a man that I respect. His name is Robert Fulgham. In his story he said that when you interview children and you ask them to do something creative like sing or draw, they are FEARLESS.

When you ask Middle Schoolers to perform the same task, about fifty percent back out.

High Schoolers are worse with a rating of about 75 percent backing out.

By the time you get to college and beyond, NOBODY wants to be creative in public. They just don't think that they can DO it.


Jen Davis03/18/07
This was really cute! I liked how you started with the lively dialogue. The sweatshirt sounds like a perfect gift for your daughter. I enjoyed reading this. You reminded me of a friend of mine who caught me off guard once when she burst out singing in a store. If you would like a couple of suggestions, feel free to send a PM.
Jacquelyn Horne03/18/07
What loving controversy here. Fun read.
Phyllis Inniss03/22/07
This is really nice, even down to corrupting your grandson. Music thrills the soul and singing along with the music just releases pent-up emotions. I have a problem controlling myself singing and dancing when I hear music I love, so I understand your response to music.
Karissa Dillon03/26/07
I am not embarrassed by you singing. I don't recall ever being embarrassed. Perhaps I was as a teenager. I think it's a little funny that you and Aunt Peggy do it. And a little scary that you know the words to the elevator music......all of it!

I however do now occasionally find myself singing or humming along with the songs in stores.

Thank's for the legacy.

It is a good story though.