It all started after one afternoon in April of 2011. I remember that on this particular day, I was cuddling up in my bed with my Baby Princess Rapunzel who was having a hard time falling asleep, but was oh so tired. Nothing was helping her go to sleep. I’d gone through all of my usual lullaby songs and thought I’d try a new one. I hadn’t ever sung it to her before. I wasn’t even sure that I knew all of the words. Why are there so many songs about rainbows… She looked at me and I could see her tiny eyelids suddenly become too heavy for her to keep open. And what’s on the other side… Her little body finally relaxed and she snuggled in. Rainbows are visions, they’re only illusions… I thought about all of the things I needed to do once she fell asleep. And rainbows have nothing to hide… After all, I had friends coming over and I wanted to get the house into that state where it looked like I just hadn’t had time to clean up, but in reality I’d spent an hour and a half trying my best to shove things into closets and shutting doors. If you have kids, you know what I mean. So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it… She was so warm and soft and her hair smelled so good. But I know they’re wrong, wait and see… Why did I invite people over? Don’t they know I just want to lay in bed with my baby? Someday we’ll find it, The Rainbow Connection… Is there anything more precious than a sleeping baby? The lovers, the dreamers and me.
And that was it. From then on it was The Rainbow Connection every single time, naptime and nighttime. I remember rocking PR, singing it to her while LB grew in my belly. She never got tired of it and still hasn’t. I don’t remember when I started incorporating it into LB’s bedtime routine, but now she won’t sleep without it either. I didn’t know that this would be the song that stuck, but I’m glad that it did. I still remember what my mom used to sing to me. She sang a few songs, but the one that still sticks with me is 500 Miles by Peter, Paul and Mary. (Not to be confused with my favorite song ever – they are very different. But interesting that they have the same title.) The lyrics are a little depressing I think, but I turned out ok.
I tried to find a Vevo version for you all, but I guess they don’t have one yet… So if you don’t know the song, you can listen to it here: 500 Miles (Peter, Paul and Mary)
And here is the version of The Rainbow Connection that I sing to my girls. I probably sound just like Sarah McLachlan. Sorry, no video on this one either because most of the videos involve Muppets. Nothing against Muppets. The Rainbow Connection (Sarah McLachlan)
I hope that when they hear it as adults it will remind them of being small and wanting to cuddle with their Mama every night before bed. Thank you, Mom, for singing to us as kids and leaving the sweet memories behind!
Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!
Do you have something that you sing to your little one(s) every night? Or do you have memories of your mom singing to you when you were small? Comment below, I’d love you to share your songs!