Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Song for Waiting...

In Spanish, when a woman wants to say, "I'm expecting a baby", she says, "Estoy esperando un bebé". That same sentence could also be translated, "I am waiting for a baby". I love learning insights about life through another language. I love that the same verb--"esperar" means "waiting" as well as "expecting".

Indeed, the two are intertwined, as I'm learning through this adoption. As the wait feels longer and longer, my sense of expectation is growing.

Today, in my Bible Study Methods class, our teacher showed us a clip from The Dead Poets' Society. It was the inspirational scene when the students first hear their teacher whisper "Carpe Diem! Sieze the day!"

Moved by the scene, I came home and went to our iPod to listen to Barbara Streisand sing one of my favorite songs, called "Being Alive", which I always find inspirational, and I ended up listening to several of her songs. As I was listening to her sing "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, my thoughts drifted to our adoption, and tears began streaming down my cheeks. And before I knew it, I realized that I had found a song that perfectly captures my feelings right now as I wait in expectation for news of my child/ren. This song so perfectly captures my feelings, and the fact that it's a Broadway tune only makes it more fitting!

If you are in the waiting stage of adoption (or waiting on anything else for that matter), maybe this song will speak to you as well. Have a listen on the YouTube video below, and follow along with the lyrics I've included below it. (I'm a lyrics person!) May you have peace in the waiting...

Something's Coming

Could be!
Who knows?
There's something due any day;
I will know right away,
Soon as it shows.
It may come cannonballing down through the sky,
Gleam in its eye,
Bright as a rose!

Who knows?
It's only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Under a tree.
I got a feeling there's a miracle due,
Gonna come true,
Coming to me!

Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something's coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something's coming, I don't know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!

With a click, with a shock,
Phone'll jingle, door'll knock,
Open the latch!
Something's coming, don't know when, but it's soon;
Catch the moon,
One-handed catch!

Around the corner,
Or whistling down the river,
Come on, deliver
To me!
Will it be? Yes, it will.
Maybe just by holding still,
It'll be there!

Come on, something, come on in, don't be shy,
Meet a guy,
Pull up a chair!
The air is humming,
And something great is coming!
Who knows?
It's only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Maybe tonight . . .