My son, who recently graduated with a degree in Human Development, interviewed his dad and I for his final project. This Musing makes me realize I should have answered his questions about the factors influencing my approach to parenthood with four words: The Sound of Music -- though it might have looked a little loony in an academic paper. It’s true though. Maria Von Trap was the model by which I mothered and now grandmother: adoration, discipline, playfulness.
Imagine then, what it meant to tour Salzburg, Austria this spring, close to the end of our thirteen month assignment in Europe…
Yeeeeesss….my Captain and I kissed right in front of THE glass gazebo. Nooooo…we are too old to leap from bench to bench and sorrrry…but we didn’t hear thunder. However -- if tears can count as raindrops, and if full hearts can sub for moonlight, then our little scene was just as moving as Christopher's and Julie’s.
Holding me tight, he whispered, “I must have done something good.”
I looked up at him and smiled.
“We must have followed the right rainbows.”
And there we stood, heads spinning with memories of us and four kids: bouncing on beds, dancing on stairs, racing on bikes, hiking up mountains, swinging from trees, singing on lakes. We suddenly couldn’t wait to get back to them – and the five newest members our little troupe.
Raising a family.
Isn’t that what the Sound of Music is all about?
Mona shares and teaches romance at Mona's Musings with a Hint of Romance. She is the mother of four plus three and grandmother of two and the award-winning author or With Mine Own Hand: The Musical Account of Nephi. For a daily Hint of Romance (every wife needs one) go to Mona's Musings on Facebook.
Photos of Mona and Dale in Salzburg by Mona and Dale