When my lovely twins were barely two down in Northampton, MA they were lucky to have joined a music group for little people hosted by Nerissa and Katryna Nield. My little girls, along with three of their small friends and other local kids joined in this great weekly gathering called HooteNanny. What I remember is sheer, delicious mayhem with singing, dancing and music making—sometimes Sylvie responded well to the music, other times the chaos just made her wail. Occasionally I would run into Nerissa around town, and she was always sincerely interested in Sylvie’s health condition. I remember those little interactions fondly—add them to the long list of those folks who have made my life a little bit easier. Those crazy musical afternoons seem far away sometimes now, but Sylvie and her mama are still soothed by music. Sometimes all I want is a little more ease in my life!
We sat around the table and drank a bottle of wine
And it poured around us like a moat till no one could get us, and I was fine
And I said, "Haven't I paid my dues by now, haven't I paid my dues by now
Haven't I paid my dues by now, don't I get the right to choose?
And I choose you to take up all of my time
I choose you because you're funny and kind
I want easy people from now on"
My house is full of empty rooms and broken frames and other people's stuff
In my house we see by Christmas lights and your TV, and that seems to be enough
To see what we want to see
You let me be who I want to be
And we'll be easy from now on, from now on
Why can't I be easy, why can't I be easy like you?
For you I would give the songs I write, the words I pray, the morning light
That pumps into this room today, if you would only rise, if you would only say
"I want you, you take up all of my time
I want you because you're funny and kind
And we'll be easy from now on, from now on"
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