Whenever my phone starts singing Firework by Katy Perry, I know it is The Tortoise calling.
“Cause baby, you’re a firework. Come on, show ’em what you’re worth. Make ’em go, oh, oh, oh As you shoot across the sky”
Besides the fact that the words are a great self-esteem boost for any emotional teenage girl, The Tortoise sung this song as a solo for her middle school talent show. She practiced it for hours and hours all over the house, putting emotion and strength into each phrase. It wasn’t just a song, but more like an anthem.
“You don’t have to feel like a waste of space. You’re original, cannot be replaced. If you only knew what the future holds. After a hurricane comes a rainbow”
Music is one of the many things that binds me and The Tortoise together. I am an instrumentalist, and she is a vocalist. Her song choice for that talent show was not random. The tune and the lyrics spoke to her spirit, and when she got on stage to sing for her peers, she lit up the whole auditorium. I started to cry the minute applause erupted.
Yesterday I spent time looking through eleven years of Halloween pictures. Each year my children’s costumes emulate some aspect of their personalities or most dominant interests at that point of their lives. What struck me the most, though, was The Tortoise’s transformation. She has gone from shy little bunny to outrageous 80’s Pop Star. Her voice is more confident, her body language more secure and her desire to succeed more pronounced.
She is undoubtedly my firework, one of the things that lights up my life everyday, and I hope she truly knows her value. Growing up is emotional and uncertain. We doubt ourselves almost daily. But hopefully as we add another stanza to our life’s song, the tune will encourage us to sing out loud.