I remember the year my eldest niece turned ten. She had requested that someone could get her a “Savage Garden” album as a gift. Savage Garden? Really? Hadn’t it been less than a week when she had been singing along to “Wheel’s on the Bus” and doing the actions for “Eensy Weensy Spider” and “Popcorn Popping” – okay, something for older children. But still . . .
“Savage Garden” was a group that I listened to. Why would a child want to listen to that? Ellen hadn’t been six for quite some time. She was growing up. No longer did she watch shows like “Arthur” or “Bear in the Big Blue House”. Ellen was maturing. I don’t know when she had graduated from Disney Sing-alongs to Boy Bands. She’d always been more sophisticated than her peers – or at least in my eyes. Ellen was no longer the child I remember her being.
And now the same thing is happening with Jenna.
I was doing dishes and had turned on the radio to drown out the sounds coming from “the Middle” which for some reason she insists watching on a daily basis (same episode) when suddenly she appears beside me dancing and singing into an imaginary microphone.
I had heard the song before. I had watched the video for the first time when Sunny posted it to facebook within the last two years. I think she said her youngest daughter had been singing it and put it into Sunny’s head. And now Jenna was singing with it – and she knew all the words! When did my own daughter graduate from Sesame Street to Boy Bands?