Monday, 6 October 2008

How a child can make you cry...

I have been singing a childhood song to Kai and Nate for a few weeks. It goes

Nobody loves me
Everybody hates me
Thinks I'll go and eat worms.
Long thin slimy ones
Big juice grimy ones
Thinks I'll go and eat worms.
Chop off their heads and slurp them up
Thinks I'll go and eat worms
Nobody loves me
Everybody hates me
Thinks I'll go and eat worms.

I know it's gross but it makes them laugh.

Kai seemed to be listening rather intently the last time I sang it at his request. When I finished he looked me in the eye and said

"I love you Nanna."

Oh God, pass me the tissues!


ciara said...

it's the simple things, the time you spend with them, the stories you read, the songs you sing, the wise words you give that children will always remember. you're giving them a great gift, ake, and in return they give you an even bigger one... UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. i'd probably need tissues if i were there witnessing that! :)

Elaine said...

Oh! I remember that! The version down here was a little ended:

You chop off their heads and you chop off their tails and you throw their skins away...
Nobody knows how I survive on a hundred worms a day!

I'd have needed a tissue, too. x

buffalodick said...

We also have a version in the USA- probably more than one!

Daisy said...

That is so so sweet! He'll remember how you used to sing him that song all his life. What a wonderful relationship the grandparent/grandchild one can be.

Gledwood said...

... and violent crime is "going down" according to Govt figures!

(Just as inflation's officially at 4 or 5%!!)

And people wonder why my ambition's to flee this country as soon as I possibly can!!!

Gledwood said...

hey you get up early! a woman after my own heart.

I'd post at 6am ~ if only the internet caffs would open that early...

MarmiteToasty said...

What you should of done that would of really got you cook street cred, would of been to find a real worm and eat it LOL

Did I tell you about the time I ate a 2 inch white wiggling grub when I helped on school camp a few years back LMFAO....


Jo Beaufoix said...

Hee hee, we did a version of that too which mentioned how the short fat hairy ones stick in your teeth. Niiiice. I love that that song prompted such a magic moment. :D

CG said...

AAH, bless! That's so sweet!

Smalltown RN said...

Like the first commenter's the little unprovoked things that children do that just make you smile...thank you for sharing....

Mimi Lenox said...

You made me choke up with this one...and then I started thinking about earth worms....thanks a lot!!

Ron said...

Oh...I love this song!!!

When I was little (and wanted my family to feel sorry for me)...THIS is the tune I sang!

What a touching post, dear lady!

And thanks for sharing it!

Happy Monday!

P.S. ooohhhh, and it just rained, so I'm going outside now to eat some worms...bye!

Real Live Lesbian said...

How sweet! My aunt used to sing Three Little Fishies to me.

I'll just bet someday they'll sing it to their grandchildren!

Akelamalu said...

You are so right Ciara we have a great responsibility but the rewards are priceless. :)

There must be umpteen different versions Laney!:)

Ah you know the song over there too Buff!

Oh yes Daisy being a grandparent is the most wonderful thing in the world.

The Government massage the figures to suit and it's all a pack of lies Gleds :(

You ate a live grub Marmie? I'd do anything for my kids and grandkids honey but that's going just a bit too far! :0

Kids love it don't they Jo!

I thought so too CG :)

They come out with the loveliest things at the most unexpected times don't they RN?

It choked me up too Mimi, I tried not to think about the worms. :(

Daryl said...

Aw .. grands are so sweet .. and much less stress ...


Akelamalu said...

Don't go and eat worms Ron, I love you honest I do. LOL

It's lovely to think that they may sing it to their grandchildren isn't it RLL?

Definitely less stress being a Nanna than a Momma Daryl!

Anndi said...


I love you too


storyteller said...

Ah … this ditty brings back memories of my own childhood and of teaching. How wonderful that you can pass it along to your grandchildren … who will, no doubt, pass it on as well.
Hugs and blessings,

Dianne said...

aren't they wonderful!

Linda said...

And who wouldn't love a Nana who sang the worm song?!?

david mcmahon said...

What a wonderful validation.

Sandi McBride said...

Okay, pass me the tissues too! Grandchildren...the ease of the soul!

This Guy said...

Awwww, so cute!! You're heart must have just MELTED!! :) Nanna's are the best, I don;t know what I would have done if I didnt have a Gramma in my life!! She was my rock when times were tough. You are greatly loved!! There is no love like a grammas!

Deb said...

I can't wait to become a grammie (I can't believe I just wrote that!) So sweet! I have a yummy recipe if you'd like for 'mud pies' - made with pudding and oreo cookies - and then you stick the candy 'gummy worms' out of the top - kids love this dessert! Have fun with your little ones! :)

Lu' said...

I must say, interesting lyrics ha! Touching story, lucky you :)

Akelamalu said...

Awww I love you too Anndi x

That's the beauty isn't it Storyteller, that it all gets passed on! :)

They certainly are Dianne :)

Nanna's do daft things Linda, we're so much fun! ((wink))

Thanks David :)

Oh yes Sandi, they definitely are!

It's good that you had such a special Gramma thisguy, I hope my grandchildren think the same about me some day. x

I'd love the recipe for mud pie Deb it sounds just the sort of things that kids would love.

I am very lucky Lu :)

Anonymous said...

That's great. It reminds me of a verse in a Green Day song that is sung in a childish taunting voice:
Nobody likes you, Everyone's left you, They're all out without you having fun!"

G-Man said...

Except for the fact that EVERYONE loves Ake!!!!!

I'd love to hear that tune on this web page..hehehehe

Akelamalu said...

Aw that's cruel Citizen, but then children can be can't they? :(

Gee thanks g-man xx

lettuce said...


i'd have sung

"long thin slimey ones
big fat fuzzy ones"

but juicy grimy ones works well too.

worms are good
(not so slugs)

crazy working mom said...

Ohhhhhh...what a doll!

CrazyCath said...

Oh that is just so sweet! Pass me the tissues too please.

I remember this rhyme (a few words different - same grossness!)

You got POTD for this - well deserved and well done! Congrats.

Akelamalu said...

Yet another variation Lettuce and you are so right worms yes, slugs no!

I know Crazyworkingmom! :)

You know different words too Cath! LOL

Emmie said...

oh bless the wee man! What a lil soppy one he is!

cheshire wife said...

It is amazing how the simpliest thing brings tears to our eyes.

Congratulations on your authorblog Post of the Day.

Akelamalu said...

He can be a little terror most of the time but every now and then he comes out with something to make you melt Emmie :)

Yes it is the simpliest things that do it Cheshire Wife and thankyou. :)

Bina said...

Oh my Gosh! I used to sing this when I was little! I'm sure I must have learned it from my mom but I don't remember, and I haven't though of it in years!!!!!

Akelamalu said...

You're singing it now aren't you Bina? LOL

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