When Sheikh and I welcomed our second daughter Sylvia three weeks ago, we received so many warm messages from family and friends.
My good friend Kyle, who has been recommending excellent music to me since college, sent over a song:
This exchange was meaningful to me for two reasons. First, it was lovely to get a thoughtful message from a friend. Second, as we adjust to another little kiddo in our lives, I feel that Brandi Carlile’s song speaks so closely to my experience as a parent:
“they’ve still got their morning paper and their coffee and their time / they still enjoy their evenings with the skeptics and the wine / oh but all the wonders I have seen I will see a second time / from inside of the ages through your eyes”
Her lyrics capture the tension between selfishness and sacrifice that comes with parenting and the philosophical and emotional connection I feel with both my toddler and my newborn.
It’s nice to have an anthem for this moment in life.
Photo by Courtney Skiles of Henry Moore’s “Draped Reclining Mother and Baby”