Monday, August 13, 2007

Touched By Enya




Last night (Saturday night) Kevin was watching Oban Star Racers on Jetix when at the very end of the show he ran to the TV and turned up the music. It was a very pretty melody, sort of new age and free sounding with lots of violins and harmonies. It sort of reminded me of Enya.

I asked him if he liked that music. He told me yes. I told him that if he liked that he would probably like Enya. I proceeded to go online and find this Enya video for him to watch and listen to the beautiful melody.

As I began playing it, he came running in. Then he stopped, dead in his tracks, and that's when I saw his face. His lip was quivering and he was beginning to cry! He looked at me and sort of laughed, but he still kept crying. He watched the video, mesmerized by it and the music. I asked him if he was ok. He nodded his head yes. I asked him if he wanted me to stop the music. He shook his head no. I asked him if he liked it. He sort of laughed and cried at the same time and said yes, he did. This music had touched his soul, I could tell. It was an amazing thing to see: my little 5 1/2 year old Kevin, standing there crying, being touched by music for the first time in his life. I'll never forget it.

He then sat on my lap in front of the computer and we watched the video together. I hugged him and stroked his head as he sat there cuddled with me crying. I couldn't believe how it got through to his heart. It was so sweet. He was so cute. He was so beautiful with the smile on his face and the tears on his cheeks. Then he turned around to me and said "I love you mommy". I threw my arms around him and hugged him as tight as I could and I cried right along with him. There we were, both crying and listening to Enya's Orinoco Flow! It must have been a sight to see, the two of us there, but to me it was one of the most touching experiences I've ever had with him. Instead of telling him to be careful not to run in the house, or to please put his toys away, or drink his milk, or go brush his teeth, I was sitting with all 62 pounds of him on my lap experiencing this lovely event with him. It was awesome.

When it was over he threw his arms around my neck and just balled! I asked if he liked Enya. "Oh yes, it's so pretty. Can we watch it again?" So I played it for him again. This time I asked him to listen for the violins and to listen to her voice. And the second time it still made him cry but not as much.

He eventually got all the tears out of his system and I found a place online that we could watch many more Enya videos. He hummed along with the melodies and sang along with them almost as if he'd heard them before, but I know he hasn't. He just filled himself up with her music, watching the videos one by one, over and over again. The rest of the night we sang 'sail away, sail away, sail away'. It's a very pretty tune.

This experience was the most wonderfully moving thing I've ever shared with Kevin. He has a very sensitive and expressive soul. Enya's music filled him with joy and touched him like nothing else has before. I got to experience that with him. I am so thankful for getting to share her music with him.

I love you Kevin. You make my heart smile.

17 comments:

SilverMonk Design said...

It is truely amazing and wonderful!

SilverMonk Design said...

Somehow the sound not quite working. i went to the original site and watch it there. beautiful voice! thanks for sharing.

ebbandflo said...

It's moments like those that make parenting all worth while, instantly cancelling out the endless days spent saying, "No, no, stop that, no, not now, I'm busy!"
Thanks for sharing.

... and I love Enya (check out Thru Marble Halls too)

Andrea said...

what a great story! I love Enya - she is so powerful and moving. I often play her music when I paint.

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Chaton said...

Enya's music is amazing...you've brought back memories for me of the first time I heard her. They were playing her first CD, very softly, at an regional art gallery in a little country town in NSW. I'll never forget it...and to this day, I still listen to her!

Precious Quilts said...

Love Enya's music, a very talented lady. The effect on Kevin made the world go round, wonderful!!!

Candace said...

What a wonderful thing to experience with him. As I was reading through your story, I kept thinking that his soul must have heard this before. Enya's mucis is very powerful and beautiful. I love her also and proud to say that my own son (who loves heavy rock) was taken by her also when he heard me playing it (not the way your son was) but taken enough, that he went out and bought his own CD.

Beadiful Things said...

And this post made my heart smile. :-)

knitsteel said...

Perfect and sweet

suchprettycolors said...

oh, thanks for sharing such a special experience!

missficklemedia.com said...

This is even more wonderful evidence of just how special this boy is.

Thank God you are sensitive to him, and took the time to find the music, I hope all young children have adults in their life that take the time to help them discover things that touch their souls.

(This time it was me crying!)

Katie said...

geesh ginger, you have me all teary eyed now. what a wonderful son you have!

beakee said...

Wow... this was a very special experience indeed. For a 5 1/2 yo to be so deeply moved by music... most adults don't even care. Kevin must be a really sensitive boy and his reaction was such a pure form of expression!

Miachelle said...

What a sweet experience!

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Steph said...

That is so beautiful, Ginger. Thanks so much for sharing that story!

Julie said...

Hi ;) First, you are so sweet to continually check my blog. Thanks for that!

Amelia and I like Enya too. My husband and her do a really funny dance to one of the songs. He would kill me if he new I was letting the secret out! shhh.

This story is very touching. It reminds me of the importance of the time that we spend with our children and how important it is to expose them to new things. As you found firsthand, you never know what will touch their hearts.

As I type this Enya is playing in the background. :)