My grandson Nate turned two yesterday. He loves music. And, a child of his era, music video. We are avid watchers of Free to Be...You and Me clips.
This morning, this song, and the others, ran on a loop in my mind as I walked passed strollers and playgrounds in the park. Not for the first time, I was overcome with gratitude to the two of you and the others who brought these songs to what is literally now generations of children. It was a major factor in our home when our boys were little; it was even the school play at their elementary school. Now it belongs to their children. And, I suspect, those who follow.
It's become my go-to baby present to young families who don't already know it - and sometimes to those who do. And, within a few bars Glad to Have a Friend Like You or When We Grow Up, can bring me to tears.
It's everything we wished for our kids when they were little - all of us; it's a myriad of memories of all the hours we spent loving, dancing to and singing these wonderful songs as they became part of us.
And so I presume, for all the moms and dads, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers and teachers and friends -- to thank you one more time, as I enter the third year of the second generation in our family to be "free to be."
Glad to have a friend like you!