My favorite lullaby that I remember my mother singing to me is called "Lady Moon." Her mother sang it to her and I just learned that my great grandmother sang it to my grandmother. I sing this song to my children and it is the song that Jolee requests the most, especially when she is tired or sad. It always calms her down. I have always wondered what the original words to the song were as my mother told me that she didn't really remember all of the words, so she made words to fit the song. Her mother passed away when my mother was 13 years old, so it is understandable that she had forgotten some of the words over the years (my mother first sang the song to me 15 years after her mother's death). I had done so searching to try to find this song, but without much luck. Today, I again attempted to find it. And after some digging, I found this site http://kol-safran.blogspot.com/2009/10/song-my-grandmother-sang.html. From this I went to http://books.google.com/books?id=Lxiqj0-a6X0C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false. If you scroll down to page 218. The original song is found with sheet music. The song was published even earlier in the book Songs for Little Children for the kindergarten and primary schools by Eleanor Smith in 1887. The words have significantly changed from the original, but seeing as how it has been 124 years from the date this book was published and that the song existed before the book was published, it is to be expected that things have changed.
The lyrics for the song I sing are as follows:
Lady Moon, Lady Moon shining so bright
Come down to (name of child) from out in the night
Little (name of child), Little (name of child) way down below
Moon hears you calling, but Moon cannot go
In my house full of darkness alone I must stay
Moon loves little (name of child), the bright Moon says
One day I will get around to having my husband video tape me sing this song and I will post it.
Thursday, November 3
This year, Jolee was a pink ninja turtle and JD was a jack-o-lantern. We went to a costume contest during the day. Nope, they didn't win, but they should have!
Later we went to trunk or treating at church. I was part of the group in charge of getting set up. We had a great turn out and the kids had a blast.
I drove up to Tucson in the wee hours of the morning and kidnapped Aunt Sandy so that she could come trunk or treating with us (Randy was out of town at a temple trip with the youth).
I had so much fun watching Jolee trunk or treat. JD wasn't as excited by the whole idea, but he enjoyed his cozy costume.
Jolee with two of her bestest friends.
Focused on candy acquisition.
Getting candy from her babysitter (I think she snuck extra candy into Jolee's bag. Jolee is definitely loved and adored!)
JD crashed with Aunt Sandy will Jolee enjoyed some treats.
Yum! (Look at JD's sleeping face on the side, so cute!)
When we got home, everybody crashed. Jolee wanted to sleep in her costume. At least I got her out of the shell.
Painting pumpkin on Halloween morning.
The artist concentrating on her masterpiece.
JD is such a happy Jack-o-lantern! I love his smiles and giggles.
The finished pumpkin. After painting she covered it with foam Halloween stickers.