We were eating quickly because we had to head back to church for confirmation, youth group and various Bible studies. We were trying to do high/lows in quickly, and things were getting crazy. Before long, several children were singing various renditions of the Barney song, including this gem, sung at rapid-fire pace:
I hate you,
You hate me,
Let's chase Barney up a tree,
With a knife and a sword and stick of dynamite,
Nanner, nanner, nanner-ite.
I gotta say, the rhyme basically falls apart at the end. But I was really starting to crack up. The older kids were trying to tell the younger sibs the proper (albeit still inappropriate way) to hijack the Barney song and everyone was gasping for breath. I looked over at another son who had both red potholders on his hands, cupping his cheeks with what looked like giant lobster claws, and I stepped back from the scene mentally and soaked it in.
It was beautiful.
True, Barney was being blasphemed to make it happen, but I loved the camaraderie and hilarity around me. As the kids age, they are able to interact with each other (and us) on new levels, and sometimes those levels are deep and serious, and sometimes they are uproarious. Regardless, I love watching our family come together in laughter or even sorrow - rooting for each other and sharing life together.
Sorry this time it was at your expense, Barney!