Singing and trying to rock her baby to sleep was her common practice, although usually futile at this point in time.
Although many little ones that age took long naps, her children must have felt a need to get on with the living and the learning. This, her second child, had very early language development, and although she about 18 months old, she'd started speaking in short sentences before she was a year old.
Her daughter gazed intently at her as she listened to the words of My Grandfather's Clock being sung. Then came the chorus and tears began slipping down her daughter's cheeks.
From that time on, during those early childhood years, she wasn't able to sing that old refrain to her, because of the reaction the chorus brought each time it was sung.