Today I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo for Five-Minute Friday.
The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, overthinking, or backtracking. Just write.
Today’s Topic: Song
From the day we brought her home, I’ve been singing to her.
When she was teeny, teeny-tiny, I would make up songs that rhymed about everything from changing a diaper to her sweet, stuffed puppy that I hoped would become her favorite. I even took one of our favorite books and put it to a song, one that she will often sing to me now.
Always Sometimes I probably sounded like a dork, but I wanted her to know that music is a huge part of our lives from the beginning.
And I wanted her to love it.
By the time she was six months old, she would coo with me as I’d work my way through the rotation of favorites. (Aka: the ones that allowed me to host my own little concerts. ) And by the time she was just over a year old, she’d started to sing little pieces of Jesus Loves Me…and, oh, how my heart turned to a pile of mush.
Around the time she turned two, we were walking hand-in-hand from Target to the car, and I started it.
I’ve got sunshine…
And she finished it…on a cloudy day.
And when it’s cold outside…
I’ve got a girl named Mae. (Yes, I rewrote it slightly. )
I guess you say, who can make me feel this way? Maelie…Maelie!
But perhaps my favorite so far happened on one of those mornings just a few months ago, the kind that started with messes and frustrations and oh-so-many mommy moments that were less than gorgeous. And as I wrestled her into her clothes for the day, she looked up at me.
Gave me her silly, heart-melting, smile.
And she broke into song.
I love you, a bushel and a peck.
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.
A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap,
A barrel and a heap, and I’m talking in my sleep
Every single word.
It completely made my day, probably my year.
My Maelie girl…wherever you go in life, always remember music. It’s powerful, it’s beautiful, and you will go far if you always keep a song in your heart.
I know you will.