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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Little Star

Yesterday, when I went to pick up my babygirl Jennifer at daycare, she did something new that completely melted my heart: she saw me, smiled her biggest smile, held out her arms and toddled over to me as fast as her little legs would carry her.

I remember something that happened at the daycare early on, when Jennifer was just a few months old...I was walking thru the playground area and kids were playing on both sides of the fenced in area. There was another mom walking in behind me, and when that mom's little girl saw her, she screamed "mommy!!" and ran over to the fence to get as close to her mom as she could. And I thought, I can't wait until Jennifer can show me that she's that happy to see me.

A newborn baby that isn't talking/walking/crawling yet can show you in a lot of other smaller ways that she's happy to see her mom (or someone she loves). For instance, she might stop crying when you pick her up, or she might smile a gummy little smile for you. Or she might lay her head on your shoulder and fall asleep. Jennifer has done all of those things for me and her daddy but yesterday's new development really made me feel great.

Never forget who you are
Little star
Never forget how to dream
Butterfly

God gave a present to me
Made of flesh and bones
My life, my soul
You make my spirit whole

Never forget who you are
Little star
Shining brighter than all the stars in the sky
Never forget how to dream
Butterfly
Never forget where you come from
From love

You are a treasure to me
You are my star
You breathe new life
Into my broken heart

Never forget who you are
Little star
Never forget how to dream
Butterfly

May the angels protect you
And sadness forget you
Little star

There's no reason to weep
Lay your head down to sleep
Little star

May goodness surround you
My love I have found you
Little star

Shining bright

You breathe new life
Into my broken heart

Never forget who you are
Little star
Shining brighter than all the stars in the sky

Never forget how to dream
Butterfly
Flying higher than all the birds in the sky

Never forget who you are
Little star
Never forget where you come from
From love

Thanks to Madonna, who wrote this song. She really said it just right.


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