That’s Life


This weekend we had to drive more than usual; we had several commitments we had to attend.  After being in the car for a while, my daughter always gets uncomfortable and the only thing that can calm her down  is music. – Just like her mother! -.  I noticed that her favorite artist is Jack Johnson, it is amazing how every time I play his albums she just stops shouting right away and stays still for the rest of the trip.  Unfortunately, this Saturday, when my daughter started to cry, I remembered that I have left my Ipod at home and I started to Panic; we still had a lot of driving to do and we didn’t know what to do. 
I have to say that leaving our house, is a bid deal.  It is like a dance, in the sense that we know all the steps but  unfortunately, it is not a harmonious dance, it is a esquisofrenic one.  This is how it is: The first thing I have to do is to chase my daughter around the house and change her diaper and outfit. – sometimes this is a very pleasant experience, sometimes it is more like wrestling –  Then I have to get myself ready, while I do that, my husband takes care of her.  We also have to put everything she might need on the diaper back, bring water, some snacks, pacifier, her puppy, and then when everything is ready; we have to chase her again, and put her socks, shoes and  jacket on.  Then we need to gather our stuff such as wallets, and cellphones and put our shoes and jackets on.  After that,  my husband takes her to the car while I check if there is something we are forgetting  and then, and only then, we are officially  outside our house… How could I forget the Ipod?

Anyway, as my daughter started to cry in the car, I looked around and discovered a Frank Sinatra’s CD. It was a Compilation of his best songs including “New York New York” , “Fly me To the Moon”, “Days of Wine and Roses” etc.  I forgot how much I love his music, it always makes me wonder of how fantastic life in the 50’s must have been; full of elegance, romance and dance.  I sang almost every song but the one song that stood in my head this time was “That’s Life”.  I always liked this song, but I guess this time Frank spoke to me,  and his wisdom touched my heart:  In life, we are going to go though good and bad  times; that is a given, what makes the difference, is  how we face those ups and downs.  I guess that, what is important in not to get discouraged but to have the strength to face the challenges that can come along the way.  “Each time I find myself laying, Flat on my face, I just pick myself up and get back in the race”….that’s life!

Thank you Frank Sinatra,

That’s life
That’s what all the people say
You’re riding high in April
Shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June

I said that’s life
And as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks
Stomping on a dream
But I don’t let it, let it get me down
‘Cause this fine old world
It keeps spinning around

I’ve been a puppet, a pauper,
A pirate, a poet,
A pawn and a king,
I’ve been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself
Flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life
I tell you, I can’t deny it
I thought of quitting baby
But my heart just ain’t gonna buy it
And if I didn’t think it was worth one single try
I’d jump right on a big bird
And then I’d fly

I’ve been a puppet, a pauper,
A pirate, a poet,
A pawn and a king,
I’ve been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself laying
Flat on my face
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life
That’s life, and I can’t deny it
Many times I thought of cutting out
But my heart won’t buy it
But if there nothing shaking coming this here July
I’m going to roll myself up in a big ball
And die…

My my…

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7 responses

  1. Meme

    Helen, excelente descripción. me los imaginé paso a paso en su odisea cada vez que van a salir. Sobre Frank Sinatra, de acuerdo, es increible su voz, su porte, su elegancia y romanticismo. Hoy que cumple años mi papá, te digo que su canción preferida se llama “My way” y Sinatra la canta de una forma maravillosa. Te la recomiendo igualmente, es una excelente canción! Un abrazo.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

  2. Raquel

    BRAVA ELENA!!!! Beautifully put!!! I love Frank too!!
    Besos!

    November 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    • Gracias Rocky! Frank Sinatra y Joaquin Sabina siempre me acuerdan de ti! Hahah un abrazo

      November 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      • Raquel

        I HATE JOAQUIN! BOOOOOOOOOOOO!

        November 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

  3. Pilar Rivera

    Elen este post fue perfecto para mi dia. Gracias!

    November 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

  4. Clau

    Helen!!!! Que buen post este 🙂 Me da mucha risa leer tus historias con Ani.
    Bueno, Ani y yo seguimos teniendo cosas en común: El “crush” por Solano. Y la que me entero hoy: Amor puro por Jack Johnson. Pronto te dirá que quiere ser gimnasta 🙂
    Va una canción dedicada a Ani: “Banana Pancakes”

    Can’t you see that it’s just raining
    Ain’t no need to go outside…
    But baby, you hardly even notice
    When I try to show you this
    Song is meant to keep ya
    From doing what you’re supposed to
    Like waking up too early
    Maybe we can sleep in
    I’ll make you banana pancakes
    Pretend like it’s the weekend now

    And we could pretend it all the time
    Can’t you see that it’s just raining
    Ain’t no need to go outside

    But just maybe, laka ukulele
    Mommy made a baby
    Really don’t mind the breakfast
    ’cause you’re my little lady
    Lady lady love me
    ’cause I love to lay here lazy
    We could close the curtains
    Pretend like there’s no world outside

    And we could pretend it all the time
    Can’t you see that it’s just raining
    Ain’t no need to go outside
    Ain’t no need ain’t no need Mmmm MMmmm
    Can’t you see can’t you see
    Rain all day
    And I don’t mind.

    The telephone is singing
    Ringing it’s too early
    Don’t pick it up
    We don’t need to we got everything
    We need right here
    And everything we need is enough
    Just so easy
    When the whole world fits inside of your arms
    Don’t really need to pay attention to the alarm
    Wake up slow, yeah wake up slow
    You hardly even notice
    When I try to show you this
    Song is meant to keep ya
    From doing what your supposed to
    Like waking up too early
    Maybe we can sleep in
    I’ll make you banana pancakes
    Pretend like it’s the weekend now

    And we could pretend it all the time
    Can’t you see that it’s just raining
    Ain’t no need to go outside
    Ain’t no need, ain’t no need
    Rain all day and I really really really don’t mind
    Can’t you see can’t you see,
    You gotta wake up slow

    November 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    • Clau! Esa cancion nos encanta! Definitivamente tu y Ani tienen mucho en comun, especialmente el amor por Solano jajajaj no creo que Ani pueda ir a tu matri jaja
      A mi me encanta Jack Johnson, fue lo unico que oi Durante mis 25 horas de parto y yo creo que por eso a Ani le gusta tambien! Tengo que escribir un post sobre el. Un abrazo amiga

      November 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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