A little grandmother’s indulgence in this blog, the 6th of #mysongscapes of winter 2020. I compose this also in memory of my very own paternal grandmother, mine “nanny”, through whom I had a special relationship throughout the 30-plus years of our stays that we shared.

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In the 1960s, as folk music go mainstream, there to be songs that ns learned together a teens that stayed with me transparent life. One in particular, ‘Today’, a favourite sung by john Denver, became a lullaby ns sang to my own kids. In fact, my daughter likewise sang this track at the campfire in she years as a camper, then a counsellor, in ~ summer camp. I read the lyrics as a kind of basic carpe diem – those flower won’t last forever, so seize the day, the relationship, the time we have. Together psychologist Dr. Judith Rich stated of the song’s text in one essay on Huffington post, “Here’s the single certainty every person being has to pertained to terms with. We each have actually a life. And every life has actually an expiration date. However unlike so plenty of of the commodities we buy, ours expiration date does no come stamped on our foreheads. The human conundrum is living through the knowledge that ours expiration day will surely come to pass, yet we execute not know when we’ll come at the appointed hour.” So as soon as my an initial grandchild Emma come along, i sang the track to her, too. I think it have to be true the your an initial grandchild has actually a special place in your heart. She the an initial one to make her heart swell through love, the an initial one to remind you that the one of life and also the generations the stand one atop the other. She the one that combines the features of your very own child and also her favored one.

All three of my grandkids have had a story read to them and a tune sung come them every night of their lives. The very first time I placed my nephew to bed top top my own I pulled the end my entire lullaby repertoire and also went through quite a few before her eyes started to close. And I’m for this reason happy now that I placed my camera on optimal of her dresser the evening 5 years ago, due to the fact that those little flowers don’t continue to be on those vines forever. That 14-month old is now in first grade, reading all the books she can obtain her hand on and learning how to beat chess and also hanging out through her 2 brothers.

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Here space the text to Randy Spark’s beautiful 1964 song, written for The new Christy Minstrels.

TODAY, Randy Sparks (1964)

Today, if the blossoms still cling to the vineI’ll taste her strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wineA million tomorrows candlestick all pass away‘Ere ns forget all the delight that is mine, today

I’ll it is in a dandy, and I’ll it is in a roverYou’ll know who ns am by the song that ns singI’ll feast at your table, I’ll sleep in your cloverWho care what the morrow shall bring

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vineI’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink her sweet wineA million tomorrows shall all pass away‘Ere ns forget every the joy that is mine, today

I can’t be contented v yesterday’s gloryI can’t live on assures winter come springToday is mine moment, now is mine storyI’ll laugh and I’ll cry and also I’ll sing

Today, while the flower still cling to the vineI’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wineA million tomorrows chandelier all pass away‘Ere i forget all the happiness that is mine, today

Today, if the blossoms still cling come the vineI’ll taste her strawberries, I’ll drink her sweet wineA million tomorrows candlestick all happen away‘Ere ns forget every the delight that is mine, today

And here is john Denver singing it live:

A exorbitant thing occurred in respectable 2016, two years later. My granddaughter Emma, now just turned 3, had learned one more famous john Denver song from her own mother, this one composed by him in 1969. It to be a song that my daughter and I sang together as soon as she to be a little girl and also that mine sister Bonnie sang onstage through my daughter Meredith, below, in ~ a family reunion in 1996.

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Here is ‘Leaving ~ above a Jet Plane’, perform with good gusto by Meredith’s daughter Emma, with back-up by she mom.

LEAVING ~ above A JET PLANE, man Denver (1966)

All my bags space packed, I’m all set to goI’m standin’ here exterior your doorI dislike to wake up you as much as say goodbyeBut the dawn is breakin’, it’s early mornThe taxi’s waitin’, he’s blowin’ his hornAlready I’m for this reason lonesome I might die

So kiss me and smile for meTell me the you’ll wait because that meHold me prefer you’ll never let me go‘Cause I’m leavin’ ~ above a jet planeDon’t know when I’ll be earlier againOh babe, I hate to go

There’s so plenty of times I’ve let you downSo countless times I’ve played aroundI tell friend now, lock don’t average a thingEvery ar I go, I’ll think that youEvery track I sing, I’ll sing for youWhen i come back,I’ll lug your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for meTell me the you’ll wait because that meHold me like you’ll never ever let me go‘Cause I’m leavin’ ~ above a jet planeDon’t understand when I’ll be ago againOh babe, I hate to go

Now the moment has concerned leave youOne much more time, let me kiss youThen close her eyes, I’ll be on my wayDream about the days come comeWhen ns won’t need to leave aloneAbout the times, i won’t need to say

Kiss me and also smile for meTell me the you’ll wait for meHold me favor you’ll never let me go‘Cause I’m leavin’ ~ above a jet planeDon’t understand when I’ll be ago againOh babe, I hate to go

But, I’m leavin’ ~ above a jet planeDon’t understand when I’ll be earlier againOh babe, I dislike to go 

Though man Denver created it (and, knowledgeable pilot the he was, sadly passed away in 1997 when his own tiny experimental plane crashed off California), it to be Peter, Paul & Mary who made this tune famous.

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EMMA

And now, because it’s my blog and I’m the ceo of me and additionally the editor the me, this is a small album that my very first grandchild to go together with this sing-song. What nana no love sharing a picnic blanket through her granddaughter?

Speaking the tasting strawberries, this to be a an initial taste the her other grandmother’s fruitful harvest, the grandmother through the beautiful Alberta farm.

A an initial birthday, a home-baked cupcake.

It wasn’t always easy to store her in one place, yet occasionally we can pose together quietly.

She learned to chat with Siri pretty beforehand in life.

Books! that girl loved books and also loves them also more, currently that she knows just how to review the words and understand the story.

We had actually a lengthy talk the winter morning over her make-believe fruit and also cheese. What is real? What is pretend?

When she concerned visit nana and poppa, the playground in ~ the bottom of the hill was constantly a large draw.

It to be cold the day. We needed our heat hats.

I to be there as soon as mommy and daddy brought home another little brother. He to be so really tiny.

April, and also spring flowers were finally in bloom. She brought a tiny bouquet of scilla come nana.

She was 4 years old when nana asked her to pretend come water she garden when she photographed it. (It would have been better if there was water in the watering can.)

Another snowy winter day and also she and Oliver make a beautiful snowman in nana and also poppa’s earlier yard.

That fall, as soon as I pertained to pick she up indigenous school, she want to rise to the really top that the bleachers in the park. And also she want me come come increase there v her.

On Lake Muskoka, she and also her brother climbed the rock choose billy goats, climate told each various other funny story on top.

Last May, i made she a crown that dandelions, sweet violets and also grape hyacinths.

She can not understand it yet, however she originates from a maternal heat of flowery crown wearers.

When i babysat the late summer day, I said a game of scavenger hunt to her and her brothers however then i remembered that no everyone knew how to read the clues. So I drew them… different ones for each grandchild.

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This Christmas, she mastered the arts of talking to her brothers on your brand new two-way radios. “Roger that…. Over and also out.”

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If you’re a folk song fan favor me, you could enjoy going ago to previous blog in #mysongscapes series, beginning with Joni Mitchell’s ‘Night in the City’; Paul Simon’s ‘Kodachrome’ and my life in photography; Vietnam and Songs of Protest; a visit come Ireland and also Galway Bay; and Simon & Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and also Thyme.