Parenting, Wisdom

Simple Man

Gorgeous sunrise this morning. Too bad it is 33 degrees outside!!!!!! COME ON.

Quick update: I accomplished all 3 of my Today’s 3 Things from yesterday. Score! I called to unlock our Edvest account that I couldn’t log into. I got Asher’s band lesson rescheduled for next week. And, I went to the gym- despite having an unexpected thing come up that caused me to bump it to a little later in the day than planned. WIN! 🙂

While I was at the gym (I did a back/biceps day…still working on those pull-ups! They are the bane of my existence. SO hard for me…), I listened to some music. Lately, the gym is one of the few places that I really LISTEN to music. (When I walk- podcasts. After my shower/getting ready- podcasts. When I work- music sometimes, but usually very quiet and I don’t pay attention. Sometimes music while I cook, but usually just the evening news or something.)

But my AirPods have made wearing headphones while lifting weights so much easier. I also find that when I’m resting in between sets, I actually have the chance to really tune in to the music.

Yesterday the song “Simple Man” came on, by Lynyrd Skynyrd. One of those songs I’ve probably heard a million times, but haven’t really listened to. The opening line caught my attention with the mention of his mama, since it was just mother’s day, I guess:

“Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this, it’ll help you
Some sunny day….

Oh, take your time…don’t live too fast
Troubles will come, and they will pass.
Go find a woman…yeah…and you’ll find love
And don’t forget, son, there is someone up above.

And be a SIMPLE…kind of man.
Oh be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man…
Oh won’t you do this for me, son, if you can…”

Oh don’t you worry, you’ll find yourself
Follow your heart and nothing else
And you can do this, oh babe, if you try…
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied.

Mmmm. I love that. Such great lyrics.

Sometimes I wonder if, as a mother, I am imparting enough “words of wisdom” on my children. Am I really laying a strong enough foundation for their futures? Should I be teaching them this, or that? What am I missing?? It can be easy to get caught up in the day to day of parenthood- all the hustle and bustle…are the big, underlying “lessons” they need to learn being taught?

I think so, though. I mean, I have never written a song for them full of advice. 🙂 But I think they hear it/ see it, in our daily interactions. I hope, anyway. I feel pretty strongly that a home full of LOVE and stability will get a bulk of the job done anyway, even if maybe we don’t always know just the right things to say. 🙂

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for toothpaste. Really, this is a big one. Pretty important. 🙂 Also, whoever first came up with the “mint” idea- good call.

1 thought on “Simple Man”

  1. I think you are definitely imparting plenty of wisdom. I feel like teaching by example is the best way to teach versus telling them things! I know I learned a lot from my parents by watching how they lived life. And then from going to church and talking about our faith/beliefs.

    Yay for getting your 3 things done yesterday!


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