|"Dad, bro Adam and sis Sheryl"|
When I was a young child, I would often, as children do, ask my Father "Why?"
This would happen over and over again. With the utmost patience, he would do his best to answer my questions and in turn, pose questions back to me to inspire thought and conversation with my budding mind. He would take his time with me with these quiet meaningful conversations. He took the time to explain things to me.
This continued into adulthood. Our conversations became and to this day, are more philosophical. They show the wisdom of his age and the growing wisdom of mine. But they are still along the same lines of patience, quiet civility, but now also include possibly differing opinions but with the understanding and respect that comes with age and maturity.
There is a song called "Pushy" by an electronic soulful group called Lemon Jelly. The truly British colloquial conversation in the song is from the 50s and takes place between an English child and an older English man, perhaps a father, perhaps a teacher, with beautiful melody playing in the background. The spoken conversation in the song reminds me of conversations between my dear Father and myself. They were gentle, filled with patience, understated, but always meaningful.
I was never quiet. 😉 But the conversation below reminds me of the ones Dad and I have had. The meaning behind the conversation is thoughtful, provoking, and beautiful. Enjoy the lyrics and actual conversation below. As always, thank you for indulging me and my thoughts.
"Pushy" by Lemon Jelly
Child (softly): I don't like people much. I get on better with animals.
Teacher: You don't like people much?
Child: Well I like people but I don't get on with them very well. Not a lot of people.
Teacher: Why is this?
Child: I don't know really. I just ... people don't take to me. I get on much better with animals and things like that, you know.
Teacher: What's happened when you've tried to get on with people?
Child: I don't know. I get on with them in school and that, but I just haven't got a knack of being friendly, you know? I'm quiet, and I haven't got any push in me.
Child: Noisy people seem to get on, you know? Like at school you get noisy people play up and that. And they always seem to get on better, and, ehr, I don't know, I just...
Teacher: Do you thing you have to have push in this world?
Child. Yes I do. I think it's hard luck on anybody who's, you know, quiet or can't get on really. You have to be fairly you know, have a lot of push and, cheek about you.
Teacher: But it's also sometimes said that the people who work quietly, behind the scenes, are the most important people. They really get the work done, not the noisy ones.
Child: Yes that's true.
Teacher: Do you thing that's true?
Here is the link to the song on Youtube: