Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Heather Hedley "I Wish"

I know I've posted twice already today, but I couldn't help it! I had to post this before I forgot about this forever. From Heather Hedley's website, with lyrics to her song, "I Wish":

This may take a few sentences, so indulge me. Our Aunt Mary Jo loves to forward mass email. She sends us forwards at least twice a week. Now, I hate forwarding! I try not to send them, and I hate them crowding my mailboxes. But somehow, I’ve always read Aunt Mary Jo’s - - I have no idea why.

Anyhow, I came across a forward she sent me about a mom who had a terminal disease. The mom was at the airport saying goodbye to her daughter, who was unaware of her medical status. The mom knew that there was a possibility that she could die during the time the girl was gone. So she tells her goodbye, but does so by wishing her a few things. She wishes her night, with the hope that it will allow her to appreciate the miracle of the sunrise; she wishes her times of want, so she could understand how fortunate it is to live on the other side of that, and so on and so on.

I thought it was such a beautiful sentiment that when I sat down with Keith and my brother (who was working with us that day), I had to work on it. It’s become one of my favorite songs, and it was done for all the precious children in my life - and the ones yet to come.

Thanks for the forward Aunt Mary Jo! I’m making room for the others.

I’d give you the moon
But you’d never feel the warmth of the sunshine
I’d give you the world
But exactly what would that do
I’d promise you wings to fly
But how would you ever learn to run
So I wish you all you need
To be than I could be
This is what I wish for you

I wish you rainy days
So you can know the beauty of a clear blue sky
I wish you falling leaves
So you understand that seasons change
And if I gave you the mountains
Would you learn to climb?
I pray you’ll always see
The forest through the trees
This is what I wish for you

If I could I’d say the word
And chase your fears away
And I’d stay right by your side
And point the way that you should take
But this is your life
This is your story
And when all is done and said
Say you lived with no regret

I wish you ocean breeze
And rivers that bring you everything you need
I wish the air you breathe
Is all that you’ll ever need
And I wish you nights of love
And days of joy
And shoulders when you cry
And just enough hellos
To get you through goodbye
This is what I wish for you

I pray one day you’ll have a home
With arms that open wide
And you’ll have someone who loves you
Always by your side
And when you lose your will to try
I wish you wings to fly

I wish you everything you need

This is what I wish for you

*sniff sniff* So sweet!

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