PlaytimeToday’s Word: ‘Playtime’ as in… what do you do when you’re daughter is in labor? You play piano, you write a song … like this

Six years ago on a Friday evening, February 8, 2013, my phone lit up with a text message from our son in law, Travis: “Sarah is having contractions 8 minutes apart. This could be it!!!”

My first instinct was to move toward the piano. I’d have run to the hospital, but Charlottesville is a long way from Burnsville. The only way for me to “be there” was to gather up some strength, courage and love, then play it into the universe toward Sarah and the new life that was emerging. Two hours later, sweet Ruby Grace was born, and her song, “Playtime” was well on its way. It was a powerful ‘moment’ filled with the thriving rhythms of Spirit, creativity, connection, gratitude, mindfulness, generosity, and even mission as the music came off the keys, the measures morphed into progressions, the vibrations moved through the soundboard, and the love combined with the music to create life, and more life.

Consider this: on most standard pianos there are only 12 different notes. Basically, 12 keys in each of the 7 octaves (give or take a minor third). And with just those 12 notes, an infinite number of combinations creates endless beautiful music. The magic, the mojo, the mystic sauce, the music comes from arranging and rearranging unlimited combinations of just those 12 notes.

As Ruby Grace was being birthed, her own particular and unique combination of thriving rhythms was already inspiring a new song. While making her way into the world, there were all kinds of rhythms and progressions of lovely, wonder-filled, Spirit-breathed music being played.

A little over 6 years later, ‘Playtime’ continues.

And here’s the really good news: now we’ll only be 20 minutes apart. The ‘Hoonies’ are moving to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Music to my ears!



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