Violet, the defunct baby-of-the-family suffers greatly these days. She sees a life of joylessness and exile from all love and adoration. Her future is bleak, depressing, and sure – with all forecasts calling for growing up.
Don’t tell her she’s cute. She already knows it, but she will correct you. According to her, she’s no longer cute because only babies are cute…and she’s no longer a baby, and Mama is going to have another baby.
To comfort herself, she sings bluegrass songs. Her favorite is The Big Rock Candy Mountain from the movie O’ Brother, Where Art Thou.
It’s weird to have a four year old girl sing lines like:
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
You never have to change your socks
And the little streams of alcohol
Come trickling down the rocks
The brakemen have to tip their hats
And the railway bulls are blind
There’s a lake of stew
And of whiskey too
You can paddle all around them
In a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains