When I Grow Up…

October 22, 2013 — 7 Comments

About a month or so ago, I crept gingerly into our living room so as not to disturb my 4 and 1/2 year old, Hawke, while he was playing the piano. I would be remiss if I said that I don’t hope one of my kids will be a musician of some sort and so I try very hard to not be TOO terribly over eager when they even go near an instrument. So, to hear Hawke playing and singing made me ridiculously excited. A creaking floorboard gave me away and Hawke turned around and saw me.

“Mom, will you help me? I writing a grow up song but I don’t know how to get it to sound wight.”

I was delighted.

“Of course! Sing me your song!” I said as I surreptitiously grabbed a pen.

So then Hawke, in a little voice at first, that grew louder sang,

“When you grow up
You are already big
And you can sleep
Wherever you want
You can watch T.V.
And play games
When you grow up
When you grow up

When you grow up
You can be in a band
And you can play
Really awesome guitar
And look at pictures
And drive a car
But not at the same time
‘Cause you might die

When you grow up
You can go on a trip
On an airplane
Beyond the sea
Or maybe to the beach
Or a pool
Or maybe your house
When you grow up

When you grow up
You get to be
Whatever you want to be
When you grow up
When you grow up
When you grow up.”

I tried very hard not to cry. I failed. Then I had him sing it a few more times so that I could learn the melody and figure out the chords. I wanted him to sing the song while I recorded it but Hawke would have none of it.

“You do it, Mom. That’s your job.”

So I used the Voice Memo on my phone to quickly record it. In the end Phoenix decided to chime in with some opera. You can listen here:

7 responses to When I Grow Up…

  1. That boys going places for sure :-)

  2. Tearjerker!!!!! I Love it!!!! <3

  3. Fabulous.
    Only a child of four and half can come up with some thing like that.
    Its good that you cried. Don’t think he did not notice it. One day he will remember it and smile.

  4. Oh what a wonderful song, well done little man. Certainly a tearful moment!

  5. That song is beautiful and that child has such a sweet mama. Thank you for sharing it.

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