I sit my baby boy down on the carpet in front of me.
His chest is upright and his little legs are splayed, just enough to help him balance. At first he wobbles like a new-born giraffe. Then, finally, he is sturdy. Ready for Mummy’s concert. I raise my hands into the air, smile with my eyes, and begin to sing.
‘Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you…’
Baby boy watches my twinkling fingers closely. His eyes light up. To him, we are not sitting on the floor.
We are flying through the stars.
The light from the window behind me reflects off his big blue eyes.They sparkle, like a diamond. Then it hits me. For my entire life, though I have heard it many times; I have never really listened to ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’.
I am listening now.
These words are beautiful. I mean, they are beautiful, like a love letter to the stars, written by the most romantic of hands.
This is my smile for today.
And my smile only grows when I find that the rest of the words are just as sweet. Written by Jane Taylor in the 1800’s, the original was said to be entitled, ‘The Star’.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Then the traveler in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark,-
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
Twinkle twinkle, little star… like a diamond in the sky.
Such romantic words. Much like the words of another famous writer.
Yes. That’s it. William Shakespeare.
The ultimate romantic. The ultimate creator of smiles.