Sunday, July 30, 2006
I'd Give My Life For You
I was 17 when I first learned that song, and 18 when I sang it in
public. For most of the 16 or so years that I've been singing I'd Give My Life For You,
I really had no idea what I was singing about. It was about the
lengths a mother would go to for her child... an experience that was
distant to me. My singing was more informed than it was heartfelt,
something that I had to "reproduce" night after night.
Now though, I truly understand exactly what that song is about.
Everyday, as I go about my baby business... changing her, feeding her,
bathing her (and getting splashed when she kicks in the tub)... I take
one look at her and still am filled with a sense of great disbelief.
Every so often I look over to Rob and exclaim, "I can't believe we did
this!" Those chubby cheeks, the healthy legs, the hands that wrap
around my finger, the strong cry, those tufts of hair, and that
charming, engaging, totally disarming toothless smile. Oh, I fall in
love over and over and over again every time, every minute, every
Now I understand. I would do anything for her... I know that I would die for her.
It's true what my other mommy and daddy friends said: "you don't know love until you have a child."