Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Just Keep Your Head Above January 20, 2014

It happened again. “Wiley up,” mom said as she picked me up for a dance around the living room. It was the first time we’ve done this since that fated night three months ago when my little family danced together in the kitchen.

But this time was different. This time mom couldn’t just feel Carter dancing in her pregnant belly. This time our little family danced together and we could all feel it. In our hearts.

The song choice seemed odd to me at first. I’ve heard it a million times and never thought much of it other than clearly it’s a favorite of mom’s. “You gotta swim, swim in the dark,” sings Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin. “There’s no shame in drifting, feel the tide and wait for the spark. Yeah you gotta swim, don’t let yourself sink – just find the horizon, I promise you it’s not as far as you think. The currents will drag us away from our love…just keep your head above.”

It isn’t exactly a slow dancing kind of song. But when it came on the music player dad was already dancing with Carter. So I wasn’t that surprised when mom and I joined the party. And as my family danced around the living room together I realized the importance of moments like this. There we were – the four of us. My forever family. Dancing together for the first (okay, I guess we could call it the second) time.My Family

And it all made sense. The song choice that seemed odd to me at first came alive in those precious moments together. These are the moments that inspire us to swim in the dark. These are the moments that are on that horizon. These are the moments that keep us swimming against the current. So I keep my head above and swim for moments like these.


31 Responses to “Just Keep Your Head Above”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Dance always Wiley! That’s so great you and your Mom dance. I love the idea of your Dad dancing with Cooper, that’s just so sweet. I can’t dance to save my life. I’m so uncoordinated – I have two left feet and sometimes I think they’re on back to front 🙂 There are two things in this life I wish I could do – dance and play the piano.

    • Dear Lyn,
      Don’t be silly! Everyone can dance. You don’t have to be coordinate – in fact, I think uncoordinated dancing is my most favorite kind. Bring on the two left feet! I too wish I could play piano…now wouldn’t that be a sight? 🙂
      Lots of love,

  2. utesmile Says:

    How wonderful a dancing Schmidt family, love it. More precious moments to remember! Swim ahead Wiles!

  3. It’s a great song and I’m sure when you swim together with your family your head will be always above, because they are there to hold you all the time :o)

  4. You know how to bring a tear to my eye. Sounds heavenly!

  5. First of all, Mom never even heard that song before and we LOVE it! No wonder it made you dance. It is a message of hope, no matter what. We love that message.

    Love and licks and head above,

  6. scrapydo Says:

    This brought tears to my mother’s eyes too! I am going to reblog this on my blog tho show everybody

  7. huntmode Says:

    The vision of you twirling around the room, loving one another is a joyous one, Wyles. Thank you! HuntMode

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    Just keep swimming.

  15. Dear Wiley, beautiful story today, and “that”so sweet, and meaningful song. Thank you for all, It made a beautiful compounding to go to bed last night. You know, the images of you all dancing, inside the unique, special family “love embrace”, it’s I know, 1 of the most holiest thing. I can remember so many, in the heart of our family too, really “joyful”. I always thank “my forever parents”, for all this first implanted experiences in my brain/heart….for sure those first experience are the ones that latter, help you to keep your head up, cause reminds us that….”There is always something better, and as joyful to go for in the future. ” Keep the heads up, and look for the horizon”. “Meaningful, and joyful journey on earth, and for ever”. Thank You again, “Prophet Wiley”.

  16. Oh!!, something else. Now!!, I love Jack Mannequin’s songs too, they are wise and heart felted too.

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