I am not ashamed to admit that I love Barry Manilow.
And, I have passed that love on to Isabella. She too, is a Fanilow.
From listening to the CD in the car, she knows all or most of the words to Copa Cabana, Even Now, I Write the Songs, American Bandstand and Mandy.
This morning, as I was driving her to Grandpa and Grandma’s house for the weekend, we were, of course, jamming to Barry (can one really “jam” to Barry? It’s arguable…). When “Even Now” came on, she started belting out the lyrics in the highest range she could muster.
Even now! When I have come so far….I wonder where you are…I wonder why it’s still so hard without you! Even now!
When the song ended, she said, “Mommy, I think that song is about how Barry misses his mom when she’s at work.”
That statement caught me a bit off guard and made me think. Of course, as adults, we know that he’s singing about a lost love and broken heart. But to a 3 year old, who has never experienced such a thing, she has to relate it to what she knows. A parent leaving, even just for the day to go to work, is what made the most sense to her. A 3 year olds world is much different than my 36 year old world.
I said, “Do you think that’s what it’s really about?”
“Yes,” she replied, “His mommy went to work and he misses her and is sad.”
“Is that how you feel when I go to work?” I asked her, ready for a heart wrenching moment when she was sure to say yes. “Do you miss me when I’m at work?”
“No.” she answered.
Well ok then. Way to keep it real Isabella.
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