For the past year or so my daughter has had toys that either sing or make noise. We don’t go a day in our house without hearing some sound effect or a toy singing “I love you, you love me”. The current favorite is a song called I’m a Nut. A very cute one to watch her sing as she cries “More! More!” at the end of each play. After being on repeat for 10 minutes, we all go a little nuts.
Books have also become a favorite, not only for our daughter but for Jess and I to read to her. It’s just fun to watch her follow along like she knows exactly what’s going on, despite being years away from being able to read. One book in particular that I’ve heard Jess reading to her is We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Each page begins with “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re gonna catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared.” Like her favorite song on repeat, this line has lodge itself into my deep memory – only recalled at times to make me smile or wish for something different to be stuck in my head.
As the kids and their father go on an adventure in this story, they always encounter obstacles – tall grass, a forest, a river, mud, a gloomy cave. And always they chant, “We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!”
The rhyme and rhythm of this little adventure is perfect for the minds and ears of little ones – it’s also great for keeping you awake at night.
Isn’t it true of many things in life? We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it! “It” – life in it’s messiness. There’s a lot to do to go over or under it. Many things we can medicate ourselves with to make “it” go away. There’s much advertised to us in billboards, commercials, and Facebook ads that claim – directly or subliminally – that they can get us through life to make us happier. Religiosity can also claim to get us through it without really having to go through it – joy without lament.