that night, as we got ledger ready for bed, mema helped me get him to sleep. when i put ledger to sleep every night, i swaddle him up and then i hold him and sing to him. usually i sing him an old hymn from way back when. my favorites include 'amazing grace', and 'be thou my vision'. so when mom helped me out i asked if she would like to sing with me. as we began to sing 'blessed assurance' i was reminded of all the times growing up that we had done that before. we used to have a piano in our living room for many years and my mom was a virtuoso at playing anything and everything that came from that old blue psalter hymnal! she would always play the great hymns for us. granted, i was a little boy and wanted to play, not sing! i would sometimes put up a fuss saying that i didnt want to sing, but by the second verse her playing had drawn me in and i joined her in those classic tunes. as the years went by the piano moved to the basement and those times of singing grew less frequent. but as i grow older, its those old hymns that i cling to and love more and more. without those wonderful times of familial song, i would never have learned them and loved them so much.
though this was just a small moment for mom, focused mainly on that beautiful baby in her arms, for me this time of once again singing praises to God was a special moment that reminded me of mom's love for me, and now also for my son. though i may not have loved those singing times back then, the memories of that time continue to bring joy to me now! i will continue to sing to ledger and hope that my mom's example will pour out into his life too.