Why does music (especially live) soothe and invigorate my spirit in ways I can’t even explain? Why do I feel most at home in nature? Why do I devour books and continually want to absorb as much knowledge as possible? Why do I love (almost) all living things? Why do I seek out and connect with the kindest, most gentle of souls?
These are all parts of me that I inherited from the greatest man I’ve ever known - my grandpa (“Dodo” in my family’s distorted version of Ukrainian, lol). I think of him and miss him all the time, but this morning I finally got around to framing my song (MY song), and it was pretty special.
Dodo was a musician and a songwriter. There is a huge binder of his songs and music, and I even have some old vinyl of a couple of his songs that were recorded by other artists. He actually built that violin 🎻 in the first picture. I painted it purple, his favourite colour. Any time I see my “You Are My Sunshine” sign, I hear his voice singing it. ☀️ But this particular song he wrote just for me, when I was a little girl. 🎼🎶“Smiles, Hugs, and Kisses”. My heart ❤️ feels so full because of this one little piece of paper, this beautiful memory and legacy. It’s now hanging over my piano where I can see it every day. Hopefully one of my kids wants to learn how to play it for me 🤞🏼 I see this, and I am reminded of him. I am reminded of all the parts of him that are in me, and that I also see in my boys. The ones we love, who help shape us into who we are, thankfully, never really leave us. 🙏🏼🥰 #mood #love #memories #music #mysong #musicalfamily #legacy #imissyou #nature #naturewalks #osoyoos #violin #piano #guitar #singing #childhoodmemories #grandparents #song #kindness #gentlesoul #smart #remember #always #gift #gratitude #happiness #thankful