This song brings joy to my ears. Why? Because my son sings along with it and every time he does he lights up. His entire demeanor changes and he begins to glow. His eyes sparkle and he gets a bounce in his step. And when I watch him my heart swells because I see endless potential. I see such a bright future and I wonder what he is going to fill it with.
Tonight he and his little sister sang it together and for a few moments I wondered if I had stepped into some sort of music video. There was this surreal, ethereal quality about it all. For a few moments they held hands and danced around the house and I knew that if god forbid something happened to their mother and I they would take care of each other. The bond between them is strong, they get it.
And for those few moments as they sang I stared and marveled at how much they have grown. My babies are babies no longer they are well on their way to the next stop on their journey through life. Untold adventures to discover and share. Experiences to be had. Some will be good and some will be bad, but my heart tells me that they’ll be ok. Doesn’t mean that I won’t worry because that is my job. Dad, ever the dreamer pictures himself at times as a silent guardian and other moments something else.
In a short time I’ll head off to bed hearing these words as I lay my head down to sleep:
I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
Awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything is never as it seems
‘Cause I’d get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance