The Loveliest Song About Parenting

The Loveliest Song About Parenting

The other day, we were watching Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again for the millionth time (nine-year-old Toby is obsessed), and when this song came on, I started blubbering…

Have you heard the Abba song ‘My Love, My Life’? It was originally written as a love song, but in the movie, a mother and daughter sing it to each other. (The first stanza is sung from a new mother to her baby girl; and at the end, it’s sung from the same mother, who had died, to her now-adult daughter.)


I never felt this strong
I’m invincible, how could this go wrong
Now, here, here’s where we belong
I see a road ahead
I never thought I would dear to tread

Like an image passing by, my love, my life
In the mirror of your eyes, my love, my life
I can see it all so clearly
All our love so dearly
Images passing by
Like reflections of your mind, my love, my life
Are the words you try to find, my love, my life
But I know I don’t possess you
With all my heart, God bless you
You will be my love and my life
You’re my one and only

I held you close to me
Felt your heartbeat and I thought I am free
Oh yes, and as one are we
In the now I’ll be found
Nothing and no one can break this bond

Like an image passing by, my love, my life
In the mirror of your eyes, my love, my life
I can see it all so clearly
All our love so dearly
Images passing by
Like reflections of your mind, my love, my life
Are the words I try to find, my love, my life
But I know I don’t possess you
With all my heart, God bless you
You are still my love and my life

Yes, I know I don’t possess you
With all my heart, God bless you
You are still my love and my life
You’re my one and only.


*clutches heart, cries like a baby*

The words that especially move me are, “I know I don’t possess you; with all my heart, God bless you.” Parenting embodies that knowledge that, in the end, you must let them go but always love them so deeply.

Another beautiful song? ‘I Will‘ by the Beatles. Says a reader named Erin: “A children’s choir once performed the song ‘I Will’ at a celebration for an adoption agency. I have always loved the song, and I will now see it through the beautiful lens of adoptive parents singing to their newly adopted children. Makes me tear up every time.”

What lullabies or songs do you sing to children in your life? Do you know ‘You Are My Sunshine‘ is actually a sad love song?

P.S. Six words to say to your child, and how did you know you were ready to have a baby?

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