The first sign of madness…

What's the first sign of madness?I was walking through town yesterday morning, enjoying the freedom of the first day back at school, when I heard music coming from somewhere. It was a tune I knew and liked – I could just hear it faintly, more of a hum really…

Then I realised it was coming from me.

“You really shouldn’t sing out loud to yourself,” I said out loud to myself.

“Or talk out loud,” I added, out loud.

I shut up then.

I do worry sometimes about my behaviour in public. I was having dinner yesterday evening in Pizza Hut with the girls, before we went to the theatre, and we were all doing funny little dances to a song coming over the speakers, and laughing.

“Why is it,” asked Bee, “that other people don’t dance?”

“Ummm… I don’t know,” I answered, “I thought they did?”

“No,” she said, “it’s just us.” Belle and I do have a habit of bursting into song. “I was walking back from drama the other week,” she went on, “singing along to my iPod, and it ran out of battery, so I just carried on singing. And when I finished that song I just started another one. I don’t think other people do that.”

Well I’m not so sure. We can’t be the only people who like to have a little sing and dance in public can we? And surely other mothers find themselves wandering through town, chatting to themselves under their breath? No? Just me then…

So I was thinking maybe you could all share your little quirks with me – make me feel like not such a nutter after all?

Photo credit: Leeni

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12 Comments

  1. Lauren
    3 September, 2010 / 3:23 pm

    I sing. And I was always surprised to hear that other people DON’T sing! Admittedly, I do change the singing into humming or “do-do-do-ing” when I get near other people, but I think the world would be a happier place if we all burst into song every so often! I have recently started a really annoying habit of doing it to fill silences too, say if I go into a shop and realise it’s just me and the shop assistant in there! Not quite developed it into public dancing yet but you know, there’s still time…. !

    • 5 September, 2010 / 6:49 pm

      Hmmm… I haven’t found myself doing it loudly in quiet shops yet. I did go into Monsoon yesterday though and the shop assistant was singing really loudly to herself, and I thought of you :-)

  2. 3 September, 2010 / 3:49 pm

    Whatever makes you happy I suppose. I do sing but only to myself!

    CJ xx

  3. 3 September, 2010 / 4:17 pm

    Of course we all talk to ourselves. It starts in our heads, and as we get older we have to talk out loud to hear it ;<)

    M2M

    • 5 September, 2010 / 6:50 pm

      Lol. I have noticed that my hearing is really getting rubbish lately – I have to do things like turn the radio off in the car to hear the children speaking. It makes me feel OLD.

  4. 3 September, 2010 / 5:01 pm

    Please tell B that we do that all the time. And dance. As Alice tells the Mad Hatter in the new ‘humans’ version of Alice In Wonderland, all the best people are crazy. Plus, Alice had some seriously good frocks in that movie.

    • 5 September, 2010 / 6:50 pm

      All the best people are crazy.

      I like that :-)

  5. Ken Bladon
    3 September, 2010 / 5:48 pm

    The first sign of madness is having hairs on the palms of your hands – the second is looking for them, lol, Ken!

  6. Alison P
    4 September, 2010 / 3:48 pm

    I don’t often sing out loud but I remember being astonished recently when someone told me they don’t always have a song going through their brain. I felt like a freak then, but I have absolutely always got a song in my head. Often one I don’t like…..

    • 5 September, 2010 / 6:53 pm

      Really?? I thought that was just how brains work. I normally have something terribly annoying on a loop, constant background music…

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