Eric had had a tradition of watching “The Last Waltz,” The Band’s last concert, on Thanksgiving and chose to resurrect it this year.
We watched it downstairs with the boy. The girl had long since fallen asleep in our bed in her monkey-print fleece footie jammies. After the second interview segment in which band members talked about their lives in the 60s (think sex, drugs, rock and roll) we skipped the spoken bits and went straight to the musical performances.
The boy loved watching Van Morrison high kick around the stage in a sparkly purple jumpsuit. He got a bit tired after that and laid down with his head in my lap.
Then The Band started to sing “Forever Young,” and, looking down at my bigger-than-I-thought-possible son, I realized that I’m not really all that young anymore.
(May God Bless and keep you always, may your wishes all come true)
The lyrics have a poignancy when you’re a parent.
(May you always do for others and let others do for you)
It’s the wishes I think every parent would have for their child.
(May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung)
I looked down at the 5 year old nearly asleep in my lap, and think about all the love he brings to my life.
(May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true.)
I think of how he wants to be a “scientist and learn everything about everything.”
(May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you.)
How the girl loves to touch noses, and insists on “Cheers!” and glass clinking at every meal.
(May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong)
How proud the boy was of himself at not crying when he got his latest shots.
(May your hands always be busy, may your feet always be swift)
The mayhem on a daily basis as the kids run from the “zoo” to the “toy store,” both populated with stuffed animals.
(May you have a strong foundation when the wind of changes shift)
How the girl would scoot over to me when I went to bed and touch foreheads with me as we slept.
(May your heart always be joyful and may your song always be sung)
She wakes up with a big smile in the morning, looks at the sunrise and excitedly chirps, “Wainbow, Mommy, Wainbow!”
(May you stay forever young.)
May they both stay forever young.
May I never forget how much I have to be thankful for.