Laurel Sings Her Spanish Project.

Sometimes as a parent you get aggravated and are just mean.

That was me tonight, when Laurel told me she had to take her guitar to school tomorrow for a Spanish project.

“That piece of crap? Seriously? It’s missing a string and it’s a half-size guitar. It’s an embarrassing instrument and I don’t even know what you’re going to do with it. And you promised your project partner you’d do all this work and you never thought, ‘Hey, maybe I’d better run this whole taking-the-guitar-to-school thing by my mom to make sure it’s ok?’”

Then Ethan and I went and picked up supper. When I left I was in a big huff and Laurel was in tears.

While we were gone I started wondering if maybe I’d been too harsh. After all, it’s my job as a parent to allow her to flex her creative muscles. And what would it hurt, really? It’s a crappy old guitar missing a string and it’s half-size, to boot.

So when I came back, I called her in.

“Play it for me,” I said.

“What?” She asked.

“If you think you need to take this guitar to school tomorrow, let me hear what you are going to sing.”

And so she did.

And I realized I was wrong. She did need her guitar. Here’s why (lyrics are beneath the video):

 

Conjugate irregulars
Don’t follow the same patterns
Only different in the yo
Some of them end in g-o
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!

Hacer is “to do or make,”
Be sure you don’t make mistakes
When conjugating in yo
If it’s “me” I say “hago!”
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!

“Tener” is e to i-e
Even when it isn’t me
Tienes, tiene, tenemos,
Teneis, tienen and tengo!
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!

Conocer, dar, and saber
Are weird too, but so is ver!
Seeing, giving, and to know
Veo, doy, and conosco!
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!

You’ve got to learn irregulars fast.
The test date is coming near.
We’ll teach them to you so you can pass.
They’re pretty easy to learn,
You’ve just got to listen here

Now you know how to conjugate
Study, don’t procrastinate!
You’ll be ready for the test
Just work hard and do your best
And you’ll conjugate irregulars.
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!
Let’s go conjugate irregulars!