As a family, we always said that there'd come a time when we'd all sing together, especially as La Petite Belle got older. Well, this weekend we did sing together for the special Father's Day song.
While I am not a huge fan of country music (yet I love the show "Nashville"... perplexing, I know), this song was a doozie. I literally teared up almost EVERY time we tried to sing it. So, why would the performance be any different, right? There were some tears and choking-up moments for sure, but we made it through. Beau was kind of a mess, but a good mess.
It was a joy singing with both of my daughters this time. There were some annoying mom-moments for them, of course ... adjusting their shirts, shushing them backstage, reminding one of them to stand up straight and not slump, and hiding a huge untied, dangling pair of shoelaces that didn't get tied before we got on stage. But, I treasured each time we sang ... each moment.
The song was "It Won't Be Like This For Long" by Darius Rucker. Guys ... if you haven't heard it and you have daughters ... don't do it unless you want to be crying in the fetal position in a corner somewhere.
The song hit close to home for both Beau and me with our current circumstance ... La Petite Belle's diagnosis/temporary life change/upcoming transplant and K Belle's leaving to go overseas next year. Lots of emotions swirling around here.
When you're a young parent and all sorts of people tell you how quickly time will fly by and your kids will be grown, it doesn't seem like it. Those younger years seem like they'll go on forever, but they honestly are gone in an instant. I know it's hard to think that you could treasure changing one more poopy diaper or embrace waking up for the umpteenth time in the middle of the night, but they will be gone in a short time. I promise.
If I could say one thing to young moms besides just to simply cherish each moment (that's so cliche' but there's on other way to say it), it would be to record EVERYTHING, write down EVERYTHING because before you know it, you'll be forgetting what it was like. That's the whole reason I started this blog almost eight years ago. I wanted to remember and I wanted my girls to remember, not just special occasions and holidays, but remember who we were as a family ... who their daddy was, who their mama was, and who they were. I wanted them to have something that documented a lot of their lives and their parents' lives.
And, now I find myself writing mostly about something I NEVER in a million years thought that I would be writing about. But, now it is a part of our lives and part of our story.
If you haven't heard the song, here it is ...
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