Monday, January 19, 2009

A place in which our children can grow free and strong . . .

I'm a big James Taylor fan. I saw him in concert once and it was incredible. So was Dan Fogleberg, but that's another story.

Two lines from his songs inspire me today, as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and anticipate the momentous innaguration tomorrow. It's an amazing time in the history of our country. The lines:

we are bound together
in our desire to see the world become
a place in which our children can grow free and strong. (from Shed a Little Light)

I first heard this song when Erin was a baby. It brought me to tears every time I heard it, because it so aptly conveyed how I wished to change the world, for her and for all children.

A song on the same album (cd now :) that also conveyed what I wished for children was this one:

hold tight
to your heart's desire
never ever let it go
let nobody fool you
into givin' it up too soon
tend your own fire
lay low and be strong
wait it out
let it come along
oh, wait a while . . . (from Like Everyone She Knows)

I still wish that for children everywhere, and for parents too.


the misguided professors said...

James Taylor was at the MLK celebration in Washington yesterday. He performed "Shower the People" in front of the Lincoln Memorial. It was very moving.

Thanks so much for coming on Friday night. It was so nice to have you there in the shop!

Beverly said...

Amen, Beth. Amen!

PamperingBeki said...

Your girls are so pretty!