Having just sent Isaac (my oldest son) off to Spain yesterday for a five-month stint in an immersive Spanish language program, I thought it would be fun to post the song I wrote the day he left for college: Love Ya Child.
Here’s just a bit of the back story. I remember being dry-eyed and surprisingly composed as he and his father pulled out of the driveway six years ago and headed to the airport. In fact, they both remarked later they were surprised I didn’t cry. I remember taking the dog for a walk and thinking about how well prepared we all seemed to be for this next transition. After all, it was clear he was ready for more independence, and we were ready to give it to him.
Nonetheless, before he left for college Isaac had mentioned having anxiety about meeting new people. I remember texting him a word of encouragement: “Ever since the sandbox, you’ve known what to say” along with other words to buoy his spirits. I had always been struck by Isaac’s ability to make friends, an ability that reached all the way back to his earliest pre-school friendships, many of which were made literally while playing in the sandbox. And then I thought, that just might make a good line for a song. So I went home and wrote:
“Ever since the sandbox, you’ve known what to say / That’s why I don’t worry about you today”
And then the tears came.
Apparently, despite how emotionally prepared I had thought I was for his departure, the minute I started singing a melody to that opening line, I started sobbing. So much for being emotionally strong.
And now he’s off again. Here’s a song for you Isaac. Make your mark on the world and while you’re at it, learn lots of Spanish!!!