|Posted by ruthsmithmeyer-com on February 19, 2015 at 7:50 PM|
How often have you said, "Some day I would like to..." and how often when your children were growing up did you feel that those sentiments either bored them or they flew right over their heads?
I shared with you how wide my smile was when my family announced they were taking us to hear The Messiah, and that part of the elation came from the discovery of just how well they know me and what makes me happy. Since then, the smiles just keep coming as fast as the special times my family plans for me!
As promised, one night in January, my children, daughter-in-law and a dear, talented pianist met at a recording studio. It was hard to choose only eight songs, so I chose probably fifteen. Since some of the ones I thought of as oldie goldlies were unfamilar to the younger set, it was good I had some extras. There we stood around the piano in that tiny studio while my grandson crouched off to the side to catch the action on the camera.
Apparently the soul-delight was evident on my face according to my dear off-spring. I smiled throughout the night. Because the wonderful friend who was doing the recording suggested singing the songs more than once so he'd have a choice from which to put on the final CD, we had a prolonged pleasure. It was a warm family time doing one of the things I most enjoy.
We still don't have the final product. I know I will enjoy it when it comes, but already I have lived the delight over and over in my mind and it continues to put a smile on my face.
I didn't know what would come in February, but daughter #2 recalled how often I said I'd like to compile a cantata out of some of the Christmas music our choir has done over the years. There is a rich repertoire from which to choose. She gathered up copies of them all and gave them to me in advance in order to give me some time to think about it. Then she came to spend a day with me. We hummed through the various songs, or she played them on the keyboard.
My mind had been active day and night, just looking forward to it. I had come to the conclusion that it could be called God so Loved the World. We categorized the songs by advent, actual birth of Jesus, shepherds, angels, wisemen and joys and alleluias. Then from those categories, we chose ones to fit the theme, while I typed in on my computer some narration to tie the pieces together. What delight to feel the creative juices flow to bring a message from the beautiful songs from which we had to choose.
It remains to be seen if it will actually be used, but it was fun putting it together and yes, I'm still smiling and loving my family for their thoughtfulness!