Today I heard my 5 yr old singing at the lunch table. Soon, her 3 yr old sister joined her. This is a common occurence.
What they were singing, however, caught my attention. They were singing "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day".
I said, "Katherine, what did you just say?" so fast that she thought she was in trouble. "It wasn't bad, sweetie, it was a good thing. I wanted to hear you say it again."
"I was singing Shall I compare thee," she said like she didn't fully understand the significance. Because, well she doesn't. :)
They know that line because it is the ringtone on my phone. My 3yr old calls it "The song your phone sings". My 5yr old knows it as Shakespeare. I am anxiously awaiting the day that they can recite even more of it. I realize the words mean nothing to them, but the memorization is a powerful tool. After all, they can both do the Catholic Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary, even though most of the words are gibberish to them.
If one of them manages a full stanza, I'll make sure to record and post it for posterity :).
Anybody needs me, I'll be over here beside myself.