Okay, one final post for “Liam’s Birthday Week”, before I return to whatever it is that I do around here. Ever since he was a very small child, I have encouraged him to remember every single moment of his life. I always say, “It’s your life; you only get one, and it is well worth remembering.” I hope that when he is 44 years old, he is not struggling to remember all the little details in life. All the places that we played, all the trips we took, all the Christmases, Thanksgivings, 4th of July’s, all the books we read, all the birthdays, all of his friends, all of the laughs, etc…
I want him to value every second of his life because at some point, the older little things will want to start falling away in favor of the here and now. It happens to everybody, and I am certain that it will happen to him to some extent, but I hope that it doesn’t.
I pride myself on having a good memory; in fact, I end up correcting my sister about some minor detail from our childhood every time we get together. But even the great rememberers like myself have large gaping holes missing from their lives.
Anyway, that is the intent in this song I wrote about 6 years ago or so. It is not my strongest lyric, but I feel that it conveys the sentiment that I have always shared with him.
Another Song for Liam
Joel C. Marckx
When you are my age, I hope you’ll remember all the fun
We had on rainy days and in the sun
Oceans, mountains, roller coasters, and Frisbee in the park
Or sitting on the couch and reading stories until dark
When you are my age, I hope you will remember this
There is nothing more important than your life’s experience
Family, friends, and lovers are never very far
And everything I did for you was to help you take to heart
That you will always be my superstar
When you are my age, I hope you aren’t living life too fast
Just remember: cruise on the right, and use the left lane to pass
There’s more to every life than money, cars, and fame
And if you are true and honest, there’s no reason to feel shame
You are bound to be the brightest superstar
You are my greatest treasure, my greatest source of pride
When you are my age I hope you’ll know that I always loved you
And I always knew you’d be a superstar
And here is a video of the song so that you can put a melody to the lyrics.
Another Song for Liam