Just Give Me a Reason

Do you and your child have a song you like to sing together?  Arlo and I do.  It’s called “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink and that guy from fun.

“Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again”

Momma that’s our song!

Arlo loves this song because I love this song.  I sing it in the car on the way to preschool.  I become Pink.  And that guy from fun.

Momma, is this the Just Give Me a Reason song?

Now Arlo knows the words and sings along.  It is a strange song to sing with my tiny child but he’ll never know the reason why I sing it so loudly is to mask the lump in my throat.

“The song is about the desire to hold on to a relationship even when it appears to be breaking down.” – Wikipedia

Just Give Me a Reason

This morning my philosophy on tantrums was this:

Expect the tantrum.
Accept the tantrum.
Help him through the tantrum.

This afternoon?

Eff this.

The highs are so gloriously high and the lows tormentingly low these days.  The drama of my relationship with my 3 1/2 year-old is not unlike the sweet, sad, slow torture of today’s pop ballad.  Which is to say that I love it.

(cue closing sentiment by quoting cheesy lyric:)

My dear child, we’re not broken, just bent.

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