The Sunday School song, "This Little Light of Mine" - sung by thousands of us church-kids growing up has been brought to new light (pun not intended, but I laughed out loud when Kendra pointed this phrase out to me) this week in my life.
My beautiful wife 'called me out' on some of my lyrics as I sang them aloud:
"Hide it under a bush, Oh No"
To which she said, "No, No, No - it's, 'Hide it under a bushel, NO! I'm gonna let it shine.!" (To be fair she does have a degree in Christian Education from a gloriously overpriced private university)
To which I replied, "you're an idiot." (maybe it wasn't that harsh…)
I then got 'scientific' and said, "a bushel is merely a unit of measurement and can't actually impede the flame of a fire, but a bush is a literal object that could be placed above a flame to cause it to extinguish." (okay, I didn't really say these exact words, but you get the picture…)
To which She replied, "you're an idiot."
To which I replied, "Google-it." (the clear solution to ALL marital strife)
A quick Google-search reveals that sure-enough a "bushel" is merely a unit of measurement, and not synonymous with the bushel basked we're all familiar making with our cupped hand while singing this song. I also found enough lyrics defending BOTH of our "right answers" via Google.Soooo... to our family and friends... what one is it....
01. "Hide it under a bushel, NO! I'm gonna let it shine."
02. "Hide it under a bush, Oh NO! I'm gonna let it shine."
03. "Hide it under a bushel basket lined with fire-retardant fabric, Oh NO! I'm gonna let it shine."
Please advise this feuding couple with the knowledge that your response may influence how a young John Hunter White learns a cherished Sunday School song (the bush way... or the wrong way).Sincerely,
The Whites (E, K and JH)
PS. Our next installment of "The Whitehouse Discussions" will be a complete dissection of the childhood game known as duck duck GRAYDUCK... not duckduckgoose