Monday, August 3, 2009

Lovely Day

I have special songs for all five of my kids. Occasionally I fire up iTunes and begin playing one - which always brings them running. Well to be honest, my two oldest sons don't quite respond the same way they use to, but the three younger ones do. They still think that they will live in our house forever, and never want to leave home, or mommy, but of course they will - and that is as it should be. My oldest son Benjamin just had his "bon voyage party" over the weekend, and next Friday I will pack him up and drive him to his new apartment a few hours away - where he will attend more college and do community service work in exchange for free room and board (what a deal). But where did all the time I thought we had left go? I am so proud of him and all his choices. I cannot even begin to express how talented and wonderful he is. I know he will go out into the world and make it a better place, but as the party wrapped I found myself feeling a little melancholy. So this morning I queued up my youngest son Andy's special song - It's Lovely Day, by Bill Withers - and turned it up as loud as I could. Within seconds he was in the kitchen, along with everyone else, and we danced the morning and my blues away. 1 down 4 more to go.


Honeygo Beasley said...

What a great post, great family tradition, wonderful sentiments and I dig that song too!

Yes, it's a lovely life you have and lovely children, too.

PS Mark just bought me THE HELP. I'll start it this weekend and let you know if it's any good.

Piecefulafternoon said...

What a lovely tradition. Your oldest son sounds fabulous - congrats on a fine member of society.

Simply Mel said...

A heart-warming post with such visions left dancing in my head! I love that you have songs for each child!

Nancy said...

Hi Sabina
I love the Blog today - I too get emotional when I think about Ben going off to College - I still think of him when he was so tiny and was so serious and how as a toddler he used to pull Ken's glass case out of his pocket whenever he held him (remember?) I too am so proud of my grandson - it will be an interesting journey seeing where his future will take him.

KarenSue said...

They come back! My three girls take turns returning. That's ok. We live in Florida and we just took one to Montana to start a new life. It's hard-even when they are 27! Enjoy the time.

ambika said...

Aw, now that song's stuck in my head and making me smile.

wild child said...

Best wishes to Benjamin, your first bird to leave the nest. I have no doubt you raised him well and he will make the world a better place, just like his mother :)

But I can also relate... all too well :)

Meg xoxo

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