Since the year 1988, when If We Hold on Together* was first performed by Diana Ross for a movie, our subclan has been repeatedly singing the tune as our group presentation for our yearly big clan reunion.
For three decades, despite the imperfections, we have been rewarded with a lusty applause after the last note, like getting an “A” for effort. Or perhaps the poignant lyrics deliver the message of togetherness, a rarity among families in our world today.
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by
For you and I”
For the first time, I shed tears while paying close attention to the lyrics.
Not because of the grammatical lapse (which I noticed for the first time, too, but will be discussed in a separate post), but because . . .
At no time has holding on together been more meaningful for me than now that we are all physically apart. Togetherness has nothing to do with time and distance. And this special feeling, spoken by tears, is grace received that can only be expressed in silence.
*Written by James Horner and Will Jennings as theme song for the film The Land Before Time
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