Wooohooooo!!!!! This past week, one of my wishes came true.
Six years ago my daughter and I walked into the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to hear four songwriters perform. The place was jammed and the only two seats were stools at the bar. Grateful, we sat and listened to the music. Within minutes I was captivated.
One of the songwriters, Josh, played a song, Forever Valentine. The song was about a 50ish year-old woman looking back at her life, knowing that we can’t live forever. I was so moved not only by this handsome young guy, his incredible musical talent, his captivating voice and the quality of the song, but more so, by the depth of the songwriter. He shared with us that he wrote this song when he was in his early 20’s.
Not only was the song beautiful and moving, but also I was blown away by how he nailed the emotions of a middle-aged woman reflecting on her life. Most men don’t figure this out at all- let alone be this clear in their understanding while still in their 20’s! With this kind of sensitivity and understanding, I determined right then and there that this was a very good man.
His song touched something deep inside of me. Upon completion of the song, I leaned over to my daughter, and as I was wiping away tears, I told her that this man was the one I wanted to father my grandchildren. With the depth of his wisdom, he would make a great husband.
I went on to share with her that with her musical talent combined with his, I would have the most amazing grandchildren on the planet. She was a bit taken aback by my comments as we’d never heard of or met this man before that night. Instead of thinking I was completely crazy, she talked with him for a few minutes after the show.
Long story short, they started dating a few weeks later and married three years ago. Wherever that inner voice came from, it was right. Josh is the perfect husband for my daughter and a great son-in-law.
Now, just six years from that night, we’re celebrating the birth of our first grandchild, Luna Valentine (yes, her middle name came from the song). We came full circle about a month ago when I was visiting Nashville and once again got to watch Josh perform at the Bluebird Cafe- this time, as I sat by the side of my pregnant daughter.
Looking back to that night years ago, I realize my comments came from the overwhelming emotion I felt in that moment. It almost seems crazy to think that I really said that out loud- let alone it happened! But it did.
We’ll have a great story to share with Luna when she’s a bit older. For now, I am grateful for our amazing son-in-law, and for this little blessing, Luna Valentine.
The moral of the story for me is, watch what you ask for…. because you just might get it! (and I’m so very grateful that I did!)