A Daughter's Lullaby5:18 PM
♫ "I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I'm living, my mother you'll be."♫
So goes the song that my seven-year old daughter sung to me one day when she came home from school. From that day on, she will sing that song to me every night. She even required me to sing it along with her but I had to use the word "baby" instead of mother.
She sings that song to me as well when I'm sad. She even uses it to make amends after being scolded. But the same song is always at its best at nighttime when we do our duet and she closes her eyes and holds my hand, always on cue after the last note is sung.
My daughter's lullaby, though obviously borrowed from something learned in school, is something that I will always look back to and treasure. It has been voluntarily offered without being asked and without asking anything in return, except perhaps for listening and appreciating. Will she sing that song to me 10, 20 or 30 years from now? I hope so.
There are moments that will stay in the memory of both parent and child, memories that are fairly simple yet meaningful. Those that reside in the heart will never be forgotten. They will live on even when one forgets along the way to provide a reminder of the way back.
That said, I will make sure to pack in good memories with my children as much as I can for I know it will be one of my greatest comfort in old age. My daughter's simple lullaby will resound in my heart wherever fate brings her in the future.