Monday, January 24, 2011

Moments to Remember

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too. --Benjamin Franklin

  • Jadon--our joyful one, bounding up the steps after hearing that Abby is (finally) awake in the morning, says: "Abby, are you ready to share a wonderful day?"

  • Abby, after an evening of singing around Mom's piano, Dad's guitar, and a bunch of improvised instruments for children (instead of the customary post-dinner backyard skate), says: "I'm so glad we did this tonight."

  • The whole gang, riding home from some friends' in the late afternoon, is looking a bit music goes on, and soon the whole family is singing at the top of their lungs with the Muppets--the moment is both ridiculous and somehow profound:
Life is a funny thing
Sometimes you laugh and sing
Sometimes you grumble and fuss
But either way, what do we care?
We got us

We have our ups and downs
Our share of smiles and frowns
But through it all we don't fuss
'Cause we got a special thing goin'
We got us

Some people like to go through their life single
Aw, that wouldn't suit us at all
Why sing a melody as a soliloquy
When it's more fun to be harmonizing

People they say we are, crazy the way we are
That we won't even discuss
'Cause what we got they can't smother
We'd trade our life for no other
They've only got one another

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