You are almost 21 weeks old, as of this entry. Your tiny ears can now hear sounds from the world outside of yourself. It’s a lot I know! It might not make sense to you just yet, but give it some time. I was saving this entry for this time, because one of the coolest things about hearing is listening, to voices, animal noises, sounds that objects make, and music. Now, I am making some assumption here about your being able to hear things, but until we learn otherwise, we will rely on developmental milestones as we understand them.
Oh, oh you will hear so many songs! And you will learn so many songs! A countless number of songs that you will come to know some or all of the lyrics to. You might impress people with your ability to sing something from start to finish entirely by memory. Some will rattle in your brain like an earworm at the oddest (and occasionally inconvenient) times throughout your entire life. Those same songs, with those same lyrics you may know by heart, may one day mean something entirely different to you than they did yesterday.
Maybe a song will be tied to a memory, a soundtrack to life while it happens.
Maybe a song will be the way that you can convey your feelings and thoughts to others in a way that words alone might not do justice.
Or maybe you take a moment to do nothing else but really listen to the words of a song you have known your entire life and listen to what the song is trying to say.
On the day after Papa & I started planning for you, I sat in my car in the parking lot of my office, and just listened to this song. I had not heard it in some time; something shook it loose from my memory. From that 2 minutes and 53 seconds in my car (bawling my eyes out, of course, in one of the happiest cries of my life) came my first and still greatest hope for you, and for your Papa & Me.
I hope that we teach you well, and that we learn well from you.
And maybe a song finds you at exactly the time in your life when it would mean the most to you.
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Oh, Ryan! I love these! You know how I love my music and especially songs that have meaning and tug at the heart strings. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you, Garret and little nugget. Love you bunches.