At our son’s engagement party several years ago, his father gave a beautiful toast in front of friends and family gathered in our garden in San Francisco. He ended it by singing Moon River. It was ‘our song’ back in 1970. Even after all these years he still could surprise me...and take my breath away!
Little did we know back then that our journey on the Moon River would be 44 years and counting…that many of our dreams would came true, but not all of them...that our hearts would break, but not be broken...and that the river would have so many surprises in store for us.
And just when it seems like we’ve seen and done it all...there is another bend in the river...another rainbow to chase (Nesting Days for me)...and the realization that when you open yourself up to life, you are bound to have the ride of your life.
Perhaps the biggest lesson the Moon River has helped me learn is to appreciate the person I’ve shared this journey with, my husband, George. At the tender age of twenty-two he took on the responsibilities of fatherhood, and never looked back. He did it all ‘in style’. I took this picture of him this morning as he was going off to work at Chubbies (he’s wearing Chubbies shorts) . Why do men just get more handsome with age?
This Father’s Day, I want to say thank you to the incredible man who has made my trip down the Moon River such an amazing journey.
Here is link to the version of Moon River that Andy Williams recorded in 1970. I know it is old (like us) but it might help you stop for moment and think about who has helped you on your journey through life, and to thank them from the bottom of your heart.
For all the new and expecting moms and dads who are reading this, do a little dance to ‘your song’, and get ready for the ride of your life!