Three weeks ago, I was sleeping over at Katie’s house after a concert. I’ve been blessed enough to belong to two families — my own and Katie’s. I love waking up on Sundays to a family morning. Sundays are simple — no one has to work, and most weekend plans are completed on Saturday. So on Sunday you wake up, and you can be slow in eating breakfast and watching television. Sundays, seemingly the most uninteresting days of the week, are the ones we will remember as dear to our hearts forty years down the road. Because we won’t recall the concerts or the parties with as much fondness as we will recall spending a simple day with the ones we love most. You should treasure your Sundays! Wake up every Sunday, and look into the face of the people you love, and have deep conversations with them, and drink coffee, and sit on the coach, and watch random shows, but most importantly just spend some simple, quiet, quality time with your families.
This Sunday, I was having a family morning with Katie and Brenda. I woke up to find Brenda watching a Sunday morning news show, one of which had Benjamin Scheuer as a guest. She was drinking coffee (or maybe it was tea?) on her side of the couch, and the sun was fresh and bright — the kind that comes out early in the spring and lasts until late summer. I had oatmeal for breakfast with green tea, and later on Brenda and I made guacamole with only one avocado (we made up for that lack of avocados with tomatoes) for Katie and two of her other friends to have with their scrambled eggs. It’s very important to remember the small details! Years later when you look back to these days, the details will matter to you. Anyway, Brenda was watching Benjamin Scheuer on a show which had an older man as the host. Fascinated by his story, from getting over the death of his father to surviving cancer, she made us listen to his upbeat folk songs. That Sunday morning, we listened to two that really struck a chord with us. I wanted to share them with you.
Weather The Storm, by Benjamin Scheuer
“It’s not how long the rain falls, or how hard the wind blows, or how deep is the snow in the road. Nor the balance we fake when we feel the ground shake, and we think that our world will explode.
It’s the help that we give! It’s the love that we live! It’s our pride in the friendships we form!
It’s the courage we show facing things we don’t know…It’s the way that we weather the storm.”
The Lion, by Benjamin Scheuer
“I always show my teeth when I am smiling, I only say I love you when I’m sure!
Inside my gentle claws, I’ve got some devastating claws…!”
No matter what you are going through in life, I hope these songs will put a smile on your face. I know that they do just that for me, if only because they make me think of Brenda, guacamole, and that Sunday morning in early Spring. Thank you, Benjamin Scheuer, for sharing your strength with us.