This week, we were asked to write about a song that stayed with us, and I know I’m going to break tradition and not write about some of the amazing music that has touched our lives. Instead, I’m going to keep it simple and true. I have grown as a person through the lines of a simple song that I sang in childhood and I have found the truth of the words, “You are My Sunshine.”
I remember as a child, growing up singing this song. It did not matter where I was, you can be certain of one thing – I was always singing. I grew up wanting to be one of two things – a teacher or a singer. So, I guess I have achieved something. I am teaching the kids and I get to drive them crazy by my constant singing J
Now, back then – the song did not really hold any special meaning, but it was one I remember singing often while playing with dolls or playing in the backyard. And can I just say now, how odd I find it that many of the songs I sang in childhood are still remembered? I mean, word for word. It is funny how some things just stick with you.
Race forward many years and here I am holding my first daughter. I would often sit in a chair and rock her to sleep while singing “You are my Sunshine.” Now – and I do mean this with every cell of my body – this song means every word and every line. I feel it in my bones, because yes! She is my sunshine each and every day.
I have gone through this ritual with every child, singing them to sleep, singing when they are hurt to calm them down, and singing to them because I feel joy. Okay – I sing for any old reason, but these words! These words mean so much more than they did when I was a child, and I guess the reason is – back then, no one sang them to me. They did not have the same meaning because unfortunately, I never felt that special growing up. And while that is sad, I know, (and I have cried at times when I was much younger) – I realize that I have the power to give those words meaning.
I can love and love and love some more and let my children know every day just how much they mean to me. So, while the tale is sad – I can make something of that sadness. I can learn the importance of the things I did not have and give them to my children. Hopefully it will impact them and help them realize how good it felt to be loved and they will do the same for their children. I can be the cause of that. I rather like that idea!
So I can definitely say, I have grown through the years singing “You are My Sunshine.” I have learned the importance of showing others that you love them. And when my son feels down and begs me to sing to him, I will sing softly in his ear so only he can hear my secret. Just like my other children, he is my world – and I get to share that with him in the words of a song.
© Sumyanna 2016
Written for The Daily Post Discovery Challenge: Song
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