I’ll Be There for You

Written by Rose

It’s 4pm and I’m sitting in the lobby of our daughters’ music lesson studio listening to them play electric guitar and drums along with their formerly-professional instructor (guitarist for some of rock’s biggest names).

Our youngest, Katie, taught herself the guitar part for Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There For You” by ear this morning and was excited to play it for Scott, her music teacher.  I know, I know–Bon Jovi?! And for admitting that they’re playing Bon Jovi (of their own choosing) I’m going to be take a lot of grief as soon as this blog is published!  But c’mon, Bon Jovi or not, it’s still pretty impressive that a 10-year old and 12-year old can play along to an iPod and the actual rock song and sound like they could be up on stage!

And so here I sit, listening to our two daughters “jam” with their music instructor- our 10-year old playing lead guitar,  Scott playing bass and our 12-year old playing drums. Jon Bon Jovi’s raspy  voice provides the vocals and my eyes are glistening. No, those of you who know me well, I’m not getting teary because they’re not letting me sing lead vocals! It’s something more.

Maybe it’s the impending birth of my cousin’s first child in October that has me craving the feel of a newborn in my arms like a phantom limb.  Maybe it’s sunk in like a bitter sweet dagger that I’m beyond the age of having another tiny little one of our own again.  Maybe it’s because our daughters are growing up into their own people with intellect, talents and dreams all their own and it’s my greatest joy just watching the “greatest show on Earth”- our children growing into young people.

And, as I sit here, I realize that maybe I’m literally hearing what The Big Man Upstairs is telling me:  “Be a listener.  Be a supporter-of-dreams.  Be a teacher.  Most of all, be right where you are- here.  Be there for them.” Not a chance in the world I WON’T be there for them!

“I’ll be there for you/these five words I swear to you/When you breathe I want to be the air for you/I’ll be there for you. /I’d live and I’d die for you/Steal the sun from the sky for you/Words can’t say what love can do/I’ll be there for you.”

Epilogue, 4:20pm:   the “band” has suddenly broken into Jem’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”… and just like that, the contemplative mood has shifted and I’m up dancing in the lobby! Yep, there’s much to dance about! You go, girls! I’ll be there for you!

6 comments for “I’ll Be There for You

  1. September 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I love this, and I can see myself in this very place listening in or watching my kids in a few years. The mix of emotions is so very real–pride, sadness, joy. So many of these experiences are emotional cocktails, but joy wins, doesn’t it?

    • roseriley
      September 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Joy ALWAYS wins.

  2. Michelle
    September 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

    What a beautiful entry! So true! Thank you for sharing.

  3. roseriley
    September 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Thanks, Michelle. Why don’t you share one of your own?

  4. Cathy
    September 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I especially love the view of you, dancing in the lobby! But just wait. I don’t know at what age it happens, but it seems universal that at some time your dear sweet girls will roll their eyes at your “idiosyncrasies”. Then they will sit at your table and share a few laughs at your expense! Kids!

  5. roseriley
    September 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Oh, we’ve hit that age! When I read this blog post to them in the car after their music lessons and got to the “dancing in the lobby” part, they both looked at each other and said, in stereo, “Mommmmm!” (in utter embarassment)…which earned them the special treat of seeing the dance for themselves as soon as we got out of the car!

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