Payoff!

by DaniGirl on October 21, 2006 · 20 comments

in Tristan

Today, for the first time, one of the boys helped me with the yardwork and was actually helpful instead of a hinderance! Woot!

We have this huge tree in our front yard; I have no idea what it is, but the builders put one in every yard eleven years ago when they were building on this street. It has these little tiny leaves, maybe the size of Simon’s thumb, that just laugh at my rake as I try to corral them. As I used a combination of the rake and the broom to make piles, Tristan wandered behind me and scooped up the piles using his kid-sized Caillou snow shovel like a dust pan, and put the leaves in the bag. How about that? Only four years old, and I’m getting actual yard work out of him.

Speaking of four years old… he’s melting my heart as I type. Two years ago at Christmas, just before Simon was born, Beloved make a slide show on DVD of all our favourite photos of Tristan and set it to Kenny Loggin’s “Danny’s Song.” Remember that one? It’s always been Tristan’s song for me. The lyrics include these verses:

People smile and tell me I’m the lucky one, and we’ve just begun,
Think I’m gonna have a son.
He will be like she and me, as free as a dove, conceived in love,
Sun is gonna shine above.

Pisces, Virgo rising is a very good sign, strong and kind,
And the little boy is mine.
Now I see a family where there once was none, now we’ve just begun,
Yeah, we’re gonna fly to the sun.

(Chorus:) And even though we ain’t got money,
I’m so in love with ya honey,
And everything will bring a chain of love.
And in the morning when I rise, you bring a tear of joy to my eyes,
And tell me everything is gonna be alright.

Tristan is in fact a pisces (I don’t know how to figure out his rising sign) and from the time I was pregnant with him until now, I can’t hear this song without tears coming to my eyes.

The boys have recently rediscovered the DVD with this song looped on it, and watch it over and over again. Tristan is now singing along with the song, his song, and it’s a perfect moment. Not a baby anymore, my boy. Strong and kind, indeed.


{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Miche October 21, 2006 at 11:23 pm

Absolutely heart-melting! Thanks for sharing!

2 Miche October 21, 2006 at 11:23 pm

Absolutely heart-melting! Thanks for sharing!

3 mrsgryphon October 21, 2006 at 11:35 pm

what a lovely moment – both the leaf cleaning and the singing along 🙂

4 mrsgryphon October 21, 2006 at 11:35 pm

what a lovely moment – both the leaf cleaning and the singing along 🙂

5 Michelle October 22, 2006 at 12:01 am

My daughter’s favorite movie is our home video of a family vacation. I love watching her face while she’s watching it, it’s the excitement all over again.

6 Michelle October 22, 2006 at 12:01 am

My daughter’s favorite movie is our home video of a family vacation. I love watching her face while she’s watching it, it’s the excitement all over again.

7 Bob October 22, 2006 at 7:33 am

Thank you for posting the words to this song! Not only did I not realize that it was Kenny Loggins who sings it (don’t laugh, it wasn’t until about 2.5 years ago that I learned he sang “Danger Zone”) but now I know the word are “Pices, Virgo rising” -I always thought it was “I see Virgo rising”, and that never made much sense.

8 Bob October 22, 2006 at 7:33 am

Thank you for posting the words to this song! Not only did I not realize that it was Kenny Loggins who sings it (don’t laugh, it wasn’t until about 2.5 years ago that I learned he sang “Danger Zone”) but now I know the word are “Pices, Virgo rising” -I always thought it was “I see Virgo rising”, and that never made much sense.

9 Guinevere Meadow October 22, 2006 at 12:25 pm

I love the words to that song! I need to find a recording of it.

10 Guinevere Meadow October 22, 2006 at 12:25 pm

I love the words to that song! I need to find a recording of it.

11 dean dad October 23, 2006 at 1:21 am

Dani, show some Canadian pride! I think that was an Anne Murray song first.
Just don’t ask me how I know that.

12 dean dad October 23, 2006 at 1:21 am

Dani, show some Canadian pride! I think that was an Anne Murray song first.
Just don’t ask me how I know that.

13 Becki October 23, 2006 at 3:57 am

My husband sucks those tiny leaves up with the shop vac. Seriously.

14 Becki October 23, 2006 at 3:57 am

My husband sucks those tiny leaves up with the shop vac. Seriously.

15 DaniGirl October 23, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Ahem, Dean Dad – no, matter of fact it was Anne Murray who did the cheesy remake. Kenny Loggins originally wrote the song for his brother as a tribute to his pending nephew.
Becki – shop vac? I am laughing at the idea of vacuuming the lawn. But it’s a great idea!

16 DaniGirl October 23, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Ahem, Dean Dad – no, matter of fact it was Anne Murray who did the cheesy remake. Kenny Loggins originally wrote the song for his brother as a tribute to his pending nephew.
Becki – shop vac? I am laughing at the idea of vacuuming the lawn. But it’s a great idea!

17 Renee October 23, 2006 at 7:10 pm

I love that song! How great that it makes you think of your boy.

18 Renee October 23, 2006 at 7:10 pm

I love that song! How great that it makes you think of your boy.

19 yvonne October 24, 2006 at 12:16 pm

I thought we had our kids for comic relief. Now I found out we can make ’em work too? I’m in for that!

20 yvonne October 24, 2006 at 12:16 pm

I thought we had our kids for comic relief. Now I found out we can make ’em work too? I’m in for that!

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