Mothers can't help it. When they run into nearly forgotten YouTube videos with one of their children in them... and even with a photo of said (teenaged) child showing off a newly caught fish... Mothers gotta throw all of their "this is not a deeply personal
blog" ideas out the window. Just this once.
A mother might remember nearly miscarrying a son. Fretting and worrying and dismissing others' well intentioned but painful "assurances" that "there can be plenty of other children." (but I want THIS one ... I already love THIS one... don't they understand...?). The intense joy when that very son arrives at term, full-voiced and healthy. The even more intense joy as "Frankie" grows up to love and serve God.
A mother remembers a little boy's concerns about not wanting to go to Heaven "cause there's angels there,
and angels are girls - YUK!!!" A mother looks at all-grown-up Frankie and thanks God for his faith, for his family, for all of the years.
No, this is not a family blog. Most of my family members prefer it that way. Only one is a total extrovert-to-the-core, and it is he who had one half-second of fishing
"fame" in a music video, back when he was a teen. No, Frankie was not singing in it (except with a group around a campfire), but golly - in that one split-second, could he FISH :)!!
Fishing is one of his favorite things to do even now.
The singer in this music video is Chris Rice
(who also wrote the song "Go Light Your World," famously recorded by Kathy Troccoli).
Playing backup guitar is singer Michael W. Smith.
The one-second-fisherman is Frankie - who by that time had made his peace with girls :).
It's his picture on the still shot of the video before you click on it, at least on the one that shows up when I see it. He's older now, as I write this, but in this picture he bears a striking resemblance to a little boy I once raised. Can time really have flown so fast? I sit and stare.
Anyway, today is Divine Mercy Sunday, and I think the song's theme is appropriate.
Besides that: mothers can't help it. Just this once.