Today’s post is in honor of Jumpin’ Jack Flash, our great-nephew. First of all, I’m WAY too young to have a great-nephew but so it goes when you marry someone MUCH older…heh.
Regardless, today, Mike & Amy finally get to take home their own beautiful boy, Jackson Alexander. After exploding on the scene way too early and residing in the NICU for a little over four weeks, 5lb. 9 oz. Jack, is HOME.
The most appropriate song for this occasion is the wonderful Beautiful Boy, by the late, great John Lennon. Recently, Ben Harper recorded a cover of Beautiful Boy for the Instant Karma: Save Darfur CD. It is lovely.
(For the audio only — don’t know the author, but cute kids)
For you Lennon purists, here is the original…with footage of Lennon and family.
Beautiful Boy has been an absolute favorite of mine since it was featured in Mr. Holland’s Opus, when the Richard Dreyfuss character used the song in tribute to his deaf son. As such, this song kun-NECK-ted for me on multiple levels. Then, when Mr. D turned 50, I created a picture montage to various music, picking Beautiful Boy as the background music to pictures of his three sons. It brought tears to both father and sons.
Lennon wrote Beautiful Boy for his son, Sean and the track was part of John’s last album, Double Fantasy. Paul McCartney has stated that this is one of the best songs that Lennon wrote or did, indicating that it’s “beautiful and very moving” to him. To him, and many others…
Close your eyes,
Have no fear,
The monsters gone,
He’s on the run and your daddy’s here,
Before you go to sleep,
Say a little prayer,
Every day in every way,
It’s getting better and better,
Out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
To see you to come of age,
But I guess we’ll both,
Just have to be patient,
Yes it’s a long way to go,
But in the meantime,
Before you cross the street,
Take my hand,
Life is what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans,
Whispers “Goodnight, Sean. See you in the morning.”
The highlighted “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” might just be one of the best lyrics or statements ever, particularly in the context of raising a child. While going through the constant diaper changes, lack of sleep, temper tantrums, soccer games, teenage angst and countless other “stages”, we sometimes forget about the wonderousness of the current day and that we won’t pass this way again. Believe me, you blink and they are grown.
So, Mike & Amy, enjoy each minute, each hour, each day, each month and each year. And, remember during the tough and challenging times (and you will have them) that “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”. Don’t let looking to the future rob you of the present. Jack is truly a gift and one to be treasured. Lastly, I leave you with the words of a wise lady named Emma, “Jack is a blessing”. If you repeat that over and over during the tough times, things will stay in perspective.