I’ve noticed it since the beginning. And I’m sure it’s probably nothing special or unique to babies. But since day one I’ve observed that my dear baby Carter has a profoundly noticeable appreciation for music. When he was really tiny, mom used to hum to him or rock him in his room with his favorite CD of soothing music. It has a way of calming him pretty well most of the time.
Ever since he started pulling his little self up on things to stand, he does this little jig when a song he likes or recognizes comes on the television or radio. And now that he’s started toddling around, I can’t wait to see what comes next.
So I suppose I shouldn’t necessarily have been surprised when it happened this morning. Magic. From the ground up, it has a way of coming to life when the right song comes into the walls of our forever home. Today it happened in the spirited words of a familiar and beloved song.
“Someday I wish I upon a star, wake up where the clouds are far behind me…where trouble melts like lemon drops high above the chimney top that’s where you’ll find me,” sings Hawaiian musician Isreal Kamakawiwo’Ole in a way only he could. “Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. And the dreams that you dare to…really do come true.”
My forever mom has always loved this song, and I know she’s heard it since dear Carter was born, but something happened today that could only be described as an unforgettable moment. The first few chords hit the air and she swooped him up out of his highchair and they danced together like no one was watching. She snuggled him and kissed his chubby little cheeks and told him she loved him and wants him to always remember this as their song. And she cried. A lot.
While I never like to see her cry, I know these were good tears. Healing tears. Loving tears. Heck, if I could I would have been crying right along with her. Because it was really something special between a mother and her son.
It’s not a moment he’ll remember, no matter how much he may grow to appreciate music in his lifetime. But it was special to mom. And it was special to me.
All I could do in that moment was soak it up and think to myself “what a wonderful world.”
For some reason, I’ve never particularly like “Over the Rainbow”, but I certainly like that version of it–just beautiful. I love watching babies who have found an appreciation for music. Their little bottoms jiggle, and their little legs wiggle. Just gorgeous!
That is just so beautiful to read, 🙂 So happy!
I remember those times with my kids when they were babies. We always cracked up whenever they started doing their little boogies while holding onto the couch!
I love this version of this song which is one of my favorites of all time. Every time I watch The Wizard of Oz, I cry when Judy Garland sings it. 😉 I can play a simple version of it on the piano which I was just doing a couple of days ago! I figured it out on guitar last year.
Wiliey, baby Carter is adorable! I bet you are so happy to have another companion.