Friday, March 25, 2011

Tearful Lyrics

Tom and I both enjoy Plumb's music. (Did you check out the link? Her kids have some of the coolest names!) We've purchased the last 2 albums she released on the day they came out. I think she's one of maybe 3 artists either of us has done this with. The second to the last album was one she made for her children, full of classic and modern lullabies. Three and a half years ago we started listening to it, thinking it would be fun to sing to our future kids. We didn't yet know the extent of that journey. I'm pretty sure we still don't know it. We listened to the songs, learned them, sang with the CD. Then last fall Halcyone joined us and the lyrics took on meanings we didn't know they had.

One Saturday in January Tom sold his first motorcycle. Now that sounds like I've jumped the shark, right? Well, it really has a part in this story, I promise.

So Tom sold the motorcycle to a new rider who lived on Queen Anne Hill. We live across Lake Washington from there and the forecast was for snow and freezing temperatures for the following week. The buyer didn't have time to come back for the motorcycle that day and wasn't sure he wanted to ride it home in the upcoming inclement conditions. Tom decided he would ride it over to the buyer that afternoon while Halcyone and I followed in the car to bring him back home.

After days of gray gloom, the sun was breaking through the clouds as we drove west on the 520 bridge. With Seattle shining, the sun setting and making everything look crisp and new, a sleeping baby girl in the back seat, I was watching Tom on his last ride with that bike. At the same time I was listening to "Always" from the Blink album. I started crying, likely because of the new-mommy hormones trying to figures things out, and also because I realized I wasn't in control of Halcyone's life. Yes, I could take care of her hungry tummy and wet diapers. But I can never dictate her dreams or prevent pain. God can do those things. He can comfort her more than I can. He cares for her more than I do (which is really hard to imagine since I love her so so much). I think I was also feeling sad that Tom was giving up his bike!

Well, thankfully I had a fresh burp cloth sticking out of the diaper bag on the seat beside me. I wiped my face off, thanked God for his love for our little family, and enjoyed watching Tom's last ride on the Kawasaki.

Below are the lyrics to "Always."

Out of nowhere
You came
From a little dust
And a little rain
And when I looked down at
Your face
It showed to me
The truth and grace

I will always try to keep you very safe

So open up your eyes
So they can look in mine
And see a small reflection
And when you close your eyes
I pray the thoughts inside
Are beautiful and true

I won't always
Be this strong
And I won't always
Be the one
To kiss the bruise
Or heal the scrapes
To wipe the tear drops
From your face

But I will always love you more each day

So open up your eyes
So they can look in mine
And see a small reflection
And when you close your eyes
I pray the thoughts inside
Are beautiful and true

I will always love you more each day
I will always try to keep you safe

So open up your eyes
So they can look in mine
And see a small reflection
And when you close your eyes
I pray the thoughts inside
Are beautiful and true

I will always
I will always ... love you


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