In the midst of devouring sundaes and banana splits and evaluating Sonic Drive-In’s choice of music, this song came on:
“Now this is an oldie!” I confidently declared to the other passengers in the car, all of whom were born since Y2K. The 7th grader giggled about the nursery rhyme words in the chorus as I listened — really listened — to the words.
When the song ended and the giggling subsided, it was a good opportunity to explain the message of the song. I’m not sure they “got it,” though, whether due to the lightness of the moment or the fact that they’ve lived for years without a present father or mother.
“Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot