April 4, 2013
Little Stormy turned five months old the 20th of March and I’ve had the pleasure of spending a few weeks with him recently because his sister, Sunshine, was under the weather. Of course, you realize Sunshine and Stormy are their nicknames. Being GiGi I can do that.
One night while sleeping in Sunshine’s bed I heard little Stormy making noises so I got up quietly and went into his room. It was about four in the morning and my daughter had been so exhausted I believe her brain said, “Thank goodness mom’s here, I can sleep now.” so I wasn’t about to wake her. Gathering Stormy up from his crib I decided to change him. I have to tell you, as many times as I’ve changed Stormy he has never given his GiGi a loaded diaper. He so loves me!
Anyway, then I made a bottle and sat in the rocker in his nautical themed nursery and fed him. As I rocked him I started to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Suddenly, he stopped drinking his bottle and just stared at me. Yikes, an infant critic; I wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. I half expected one of his little thumps to go up or...gulp...down. Then he smiled. Wowzer, a captive audience...that made me want sing even more, except he was so intent on watching me he wasn’t drinking his bottle. So I waited till he was finished then sang him to sleep.
That evening after my daughter came home from work I was excited to show her how he responded when I sang. (Needless to say, I don’t usually get wide-eyes and smiles when I sing.) So I started singing twinkle twinkle...and the most amazing thing happened. He started singing too. Of course, he’s only five months old but he was making noise like ‘ahhh, ahhh’ and he was varying the tone and length of the noises. We were amazed.
Then Sunshine, who is three, started singing with me. She even corrected me on the lyrics. What can I say, it’s been awhile since I’ve sung children songs. And little Stormy sang right along with us. When we stopped, he stopped, when we sang, he sang. It was such a precious moment. As my granddaughter would say, “It made my heart smile.”
Not sure if he’s going to grow up with a love of music but at five months, he’s showing interest already. And knowing my daughter she’ll encourage her children’s interests whatever they may be because children are naturally little dreamers, always dreaming of what they want to be when they grow up. I often watch children at play and wonder what they are thinking or dreaming about being. The possibilities are endless.
And as parents, realizing the good Lord has blessed us all with talents it’s important to encourage a child to pursue their dreams and always motivate them to be whatever they want to be when they grow up. Even if it’s not what you feel they should be doing. If it’s their dream, who are we to tell them they shouldn’t dream it?
Think how sad children grow up when their dreams are stifled. Then as adults they muddle through life miserable because they are doing what they think they should, but not living their dream. Like the story Leo Tolstoy tells of a man who lived an angry, resentful life because he was doing what others wanted him to do, and not what he wanted to do. On his deathbed his last words were, “What if my life was wrong.”
How heartbreaking it would be to feel as if our life was wrong. Are you living your passion and following your dreams? It’s never too late to start now.
Can you imagine…being who you always dreamed of being?
Smile, your little dreamer sings!
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