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An Open Letter to My Mom: A Joyful Song

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Psalm 100:2

By: Sarah Smith

For my Mom’s 70th birthday in 2006, my sister created a scrapbook to celebrate her life.  It contained pictures from my mom’s childhood, young adult years and beyond.  I love to look at that book and remember our time together.  Several pages were a collection of letters written to my mom from those who loved her.   Below is the letter I wrote.  Next to it was a copy of the song “Sing” by Joe Raposo (made popular when the Carpenters performed it on Sesame Street.)

All of my memories of you, Mom, are accompanied by one song or another.  I now know that you had to sing to keep your sanity!  It’s hard to be grumpy with a song in your heart.  This song really brings back the memories and it seems to summarize the way I feel I was raised.

“Sing out loud, sing out strong.” – be confident in who you are.

“Sing of good things, not bad.  Sing of happy, not sad.” – focus on the positive.

“Sing, sing a song, make it simple to last your whole life long.” – keep your life simple, make family a priority – that is what lasts a lifetime.

“Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear.” – again, be confident, don’t worry about what others think.

“Let the world sing along, sing of love there could be.” – if you are happy and positive, the world around you will be a better place.

“Sing for you and for me.” – the songs you sang for me are such a part of my memories: silly songs on the piano, traveling songs on trips to grandparents’ houses, songs from your childhood sang with your sisters, hymns in church, “Borning Cry” at my wedding , and lullabies to my children.

All of those things above are things I try to remember as I am raising my own children.  I hope someday they will remember me with a song in their heart as well! 

I love you, Mom!!

Sarah

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 Lydia, Grandma Bev and Sarah – December 2008

In loving memory of Beverly Banwart ~ June 2, 1936 – April 21, 2009

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