“I Hope You Dance”
Lee Ann Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances, but they’re worth taking
Loving might be a mistake, but it’s worth making
Don’t let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter
If you come close to selling out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…

I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion, always rolling us along
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder
where those years have gone?)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…

DANCE
I hope you dance

This song has meant a lot to me since the first time I heard it, which was sometime not too long before Danny and I got married. At the time, it made me think of Mike, and at our wedding I danced with him to this song. If I remember correctly, he wasn’t really able to hear the song and the lyrics at that time, but he heard them later and I think I recall either him or Mom telling me he got sniffly.

Three years later our Zoey was born, and the song took on a new layer of meaning. But I still would think of Mike when I heard it. I thought of it again tonight, and as I went through the lyrics in my mind, I realized just how much they all came true for Mikey in only 22 years. The line “Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens” touches me especially deeply.

No one could dance better than my little brother, and this time I am absolutely serious.

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