Daily Charlie

Today as we drove home from picking up the dry cleaning, we saw some army guys driving army trucks so that was super cool. Charlie asked me probably six times, “How many years ago was Dad an army guy?”

My response was the same each time, “Dad was never in the army.” I think he kept asking because he found this answer disappointing.

Why would anyone NOT want to be in the army? Armies are cool and have guys who wear camo and carry big backpacks full of cool gear. They have guns and hummers and night vision. I mean, geez.

The mind of Charlie is a vivid, imaginative place with gears that never cease ticking and spinning. I don’t always fully understand where he is coming from or what he is getting at, but he brings a free-thinking, unexpected perspective to my life.

Just the other day as Truman watched Cars, Charlie asked me what song was playing as Lightning McQueen heads to California.

“It’s called ‘Life is a Highway,'” I told him.

“Can we sing it for Family Night?” he earnestly asked.

I pictured us sitting in the library/music room of a Monday evening singing an a cappella version of Tom Cochrane’s song famously covered by Rascal Flatts.

Laughter bubbled up and out because “Life is a highway, I want to ride it all night long,” seemed like some weird, oddly fitting lyrics for Family Home Evening.

Ninety-five percent of the time we sing “I Am a Child of God” because we got that puppy down. Occasionally, we’ll try “I Love to See the Temple,” or at Christmas time, “Silent Night.”

Never have we sung Rascal Flatts. But I’m not completely ruling it out.


  3 comments for “Daily Charlie

  1. Heather
    June 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I find this post completely hilarious…because, wouldn’t you know it, we have sung “Life Is A Highway” for FHE several times!!!! When Charlie is in charge of “music” that is what he usually requests and we just roll with it. Hey, at least we’re singing a song….right? 🙂

  2. louiseplummmer
    June 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I think church would be more interesting if we sang “Life is a Highway” there.

  3. Jennifer
    June 13, 2015 at 12:32 am

    We have occasionally allowed ANY song to be sung for FHE. Most recently we sang “My Heart Will Go On” so that Rachel could channel Celine. I highly recommend this to anyone needing to lift his or her spirits. Especially if “I am a Child of God” has lost its luster.

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