Like most new parents, we have had our share of sleepless nights. No matter what hour of night, I sing the same song to Josiah. It is the same song my mom sang to me when I was a baby. I guess it was written my Randy Sparks, but was made popular by John Denver in the 1970s.

I don’t actually sing all the words (for a long time I didn’t even know them). I have looked up the parts I didn’t know, but they don’t make sense to me: What is a dandy? A rover? What does it mean to lie in your clover? I just stick with “da da da” at those parts. Josiah doesn’t mind. In all reality, it is only the tune that is for him anyway; the words are for me.

Here is the song, sung by John Denver (the video really shows its age):

Here are the lyrics as I sing them:

Today while the blossom still clings to the vine,

I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine.

A million tomorrows shall all pass away

If ever I forget all the joys that are mine today

la da da da daaa da daaa da da da daaa

You’ll know who I am by the song that I sing

la da da da daaaa da daaa da da da daaa

Who knows what tomorrow may bring?

Today while the blossom still clings to the vine

I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine.

A million tomorrows shall all pass away

If ever I forget all the joys that are mine today

I can’t be contented with yesterday’s glories

I can’t live on promises winter to spring

Now is my moment and this is my story

We’ll laugh and we’ll cry and we’ll sing…

Today while the blossom still clings to the vine

I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine

A million tomorrows shall all pass away

If ever I forget all the joys that are mine today

This song reminds me to live in the moment and to cherish it. It is easy to wish life away; to say “I can’t wait until he sleeps through the night” or “I can’t wait until he can just tell me what is the matter.” But already I am so aware of just how fast time goes and how quickly he grows. I will never have my tiny baby back!

A million tomorrows will all pass away, if ever I forget all the joy that is mine TODAY!

This is the day that the Lord has made,

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

-Psalm 118:24

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