We walked up the street to Once Upon a Time, our local toy store, so the kids could each pick a toy to donate to the New Horizons Christmas party. It was really fun and they were very sweet about the whole process, including personally going home empty-handed.
That night, we drove down to New Horizons and Sam and the girls ran in to make the delivery. Since we were parked in the same spot as we were when one of my favorite moments of 2011 happened, I will take this opportunity to record it.
Early one Friday morning, the kids and I drove down Queen Anne Hill to Belltown to make our baked goods delivery at New Horizons for their outreach program. The drive is only about one song long and the song this time around was Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls.
The lyrics are very dramatic- here is a sample-
And I'd give up forever to touch you
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now
And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
'Cause sooner or later it's over
I just don't want to miss you tonight
Back when this song was new, I loved it. It always made me very emotional, which I liked in a self-punitive sort of way. So I was more than a little amused when I looked in the rearview mirror and Manny was holding Glory's hand in the air, pumping it up and down, with his eyes closed.
We pulled up in front of New Horizons, but I felt sheepish about turning off the music when he was so obviously moved, so I got out of the car, payed for our parking and then sat back down to hear the last few seconds of the song.
When it was over, I felt like something needed to be said to affirm Manny's huge emotional response to the song, you know, so he wouldn't feel awkward. Actually, maybe it was so I wouldn't feel awkward.
"That's an old song by The Goo Goo Dolls and I really like it," I said.
"I like it too," Manny said.
Glory ripped her hand back and snapped, "I don't! I only like old songs about Jesus!"
We have only heard that song one time since that day and I was sad that Manny didn't have a similar response. I guess it's true that sometimes all you can taste is the moment 'cause sooner or later it's over. I'm glad I didn't miss that one.