Sunday, March 23, 2008

wonder

i have been meaning to post this, but i keep forgetting. on thursday night (day before we brought orion to hospital), i was in the kitchen doing dishes while bo and orion were playing in the bedroom. an old song i haven't heard in a long time came on, and the lyrics hit me in a totally different way than when i heard that song last.

wonder, by the beautiful natalie merchant, is an amazing, uplifting song. i had so many flashbacks as i listened to the lyrics. it reminded me of the time nurses and students from different local hospitals came to LPCH to hear orion's distinctive, above-the-norm heart murmur. i also remembered the time bo was hospitalized in the summer of 06, and too many people were constantly bugging him and asking him questions about his disease. people are so amazed by these findings because they are rare cases, but in this song, it explains, from the child's point of view, how beautiful these children are and how they are so special and gifted, they will be amazing, courageous people.

WONDER
Natalie Merchant

Doctors have come
from distant cities
just to see me
stand over my bed
disbelieving what they're seeing

they say I must be one of the wonders
of god's own creation
and as far as they see they can offer
no explanation

newspapers ask
intimate questions
want confessions
they reach into my head
to steal the glory
of my story

they say I must be one of the wonders
of god's own creation
and as far as they see they can offer
no explanation

I believe
fate smiled and destiny
laughed as she came to my cradle
"know this child will be able"
laughed as my body she lifted
"know this child will be gifted
with love, with patience
and with faith
she'll make her way"

people see me
I'm a challenge
to your balance
I'm over your heads
how I confound you
and astound you
to know I must be one of the wonders
of god's own creation
and as far as you see you can offer me
no explanation

I believe
fate smiled and destiny
laughed as she came to my cradle
"know this child will be able"
laughed as she came to my mother
"know this child will not suffer"
laughed as my body she lifted
"know this child will be gifted
with love, with patience
and with faith
she'll make her way"

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