Sunday, October 4, 2009

I Hope You Dance

When my first grandchild was born nine years ago this month the song I Hope You Dance, sung by Lee Ann Womack and written by Mark D. Sanders was very popular. It had been released in May and as we awaited the birth over the summer it became a sort of theme song of our hopes for this new life that was coming into our family. I have gone back to the lyrics of this song with the birth of each of my other grandchildren and every time I hear it I revive these hopes for each of them.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May your never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Loving might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it our or dance
I hope your dance
I hope you dance

I still have these hopes for my grandchildren, and I think the words of the song also offer pretty good advise to those of us in the grandmother years of our lives.


  1. I think that song really has some meaningful lyrics!
    I´m not a grandmother yet, but it is something I look forward to. I hope those words will come true for them too!

  2. The song is wonderful and timeless! I hope we all dance and teach our children and grandchildren to dance too!

  3. you had me at hello - sniff sniff sniffle -honking nose blow- sigh given after a good cry

    what a sweet gramma you are

  4. I love the words to this song! Yes, it's one I will keep for my grandbabies...someday!

    Thanks for reminding me of how we need to keep giving back to our family.

    Great post!

  5. Timeless lyrics and meaning to remind all of us to take the time to really live and enjoy life.

    Have a great week and remember to take time to dance!

  6. One of the best songs written of all time. And very apropos for grandamas to sing to their grandchildren.

    Apropos to all of us really.

    Thanks for reminding me of this song and how much I love it!