While riding home in the van this afternoon we had a cassette of old hymns playing, one child singing along, one child singing a completely different song, one child talking at warp speed about an unknown subject, and another child crying for his feeding. Steve and I actually laughed at all this! What a joy to have a van full of such unique (and noisy) individuals.
Steve's remark was that our family is like one of Bach's fugues: Several complex layers of individual melodies overlapping and playing at the same time. But instead of jumbled chaos, they work together with a synergy that produces a more beautiful song than the separate pieces.