Tuesday, October 12, 2010

When They Parent You Back

I've been singing the blues lately.

About two months ago, I had an incredibly painful sore throat accompanied by a day and a half fever.  When all was well again, I found that I couldn't sing some of the notes that I used to.  OK, a lot of the notes that I used to.  I pride myself on being a high soprano and I love to sing, so as the months went on and the notes weren't back, it got a bit depressing.

I was asked recently to sing a solo for a meeting at church and I thought I could do it.  I pulled out a song I had done before and that would be perfect for the message of the meeting.  The other day as I was practicing, I was pretty frustrated.  I was on the verge of calling off the number completely.  I didn't like facing the fact that I could no longer perform a piece that I had loved so well.

I came out to our family room to look at the music again, and Bethelle approached me.

"Mom, can I tell you something?     ...      About Cat in the Hat?"

Well, I don't know.  I'm trying to figure out this song right now...

"Sure, Honey.  What is it?"

"The kids on Cat in the Hat were trying to sing a song and they just couldn't get in right.  The Cat in the Hat took them to the whale.  Do you know what they learned?  It's not how you sing that matters, it's what you're saying in the song."

Thank you, Bethelle.  She's so right.  And do you know what else?  It's not how wide your vocal range is that matters, it's how your kids grow and learn and face challenges.  And how they help others to do the same.

1 comment:

Garth said...

Wow, I have so much love and respect for my kids and grandkids!
Love, Grandma J.