Second sons

For Angela, Peter and Isaac ... and for anyone celebrating the birth of a second son...

O how I remember well loving this song at that time in our lives!

Peering out of tiny eyes
The grubby hands that gripped the rail
Wiped the window clean of frost
As the morning air laid on the latch

A whistle awakened someone there
Next door to the nursery just down the hall
A strange new sound you never heard before
A strange new sound that makes boys explore

Tread neat so small those little feet
Amid the morning his small heart beats
So much excitement yesterday
That must be rewarded must be displayed

Large hands lift him through the air
Excited eyes contain him there
The eyes of those he loves and knows
But what's this extra bed just here

His puzzled head tipped to one side
Amazement swims in those bright green eyes
Glancing down upon this thing
That make strange sounds, strange sounds that sing

In those silent happy seconds
That surround the sound of this event
A parent smile is made in moments
They have made for you a friend

And all you ever learned from them
Until you grew much older
Did not compare with when they said
This is your brand new brother
This is your brand new brother
This is your brand new brother



Christina said...

This is a beautiful song; I've never heard it before. It left me in tears. Thanks for articulating the gift of a child so beautifully!

Proud Dad said...

Perhaps my all time favorite Elton John/Bernie Taupin ballad **, especially among his less well known songs. As a 2nd son myself, this song took on a whole new meaning at the birth of our 2nd son.

** Certainly up there with "Friends".

Christine said...

Well there goes my makeup...

I have 3 boys so I know.

Marilena said...

i can't stomach elton john.

Angela said...

I never wrote to thank you for this beautiful entry for our darling new little William. I did actually listen to this four days after his birth and I was overcome with emotion (i.e. useless after it finished). I was so blurry-eyed that I couldn't reply that day. So here we are four months later, and well, thank you so much for thinking of us. From all of us Meyers

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