Letter to Mason

Written by on June 9, 2020 in Conversations on the Journey with 0 Comments

[Edited June 10, to add that sweet Mason has arrived! This morning at 6:31 A.M. Welcome beautiful grandchild, welcome with so much love and joy <3 ]


This is Demian Yumei from KeepingtheDream.com, I dedicate this episode to someone whose arrival I am waiting with great anticipation. 

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I Promise

For My Dear Grandchild Who’s Expected to Arrive Soon,

I promise I will be your “little bit crazy” Nana.

I promise I will always believe in stuff like keeping your dream, making wishes on stars, and faires that live in flower beds… oh, and unicorns.

I promise I will never stop planting milkweeds or calling butterflies or listening to their wisdom, when they light on my glasses. Monarch butterfly lighting on my glasses

I promise when I get discouraged or see things that sadden me, I will paint words of hope like graffiti in open spaces, and bring kindness into the tender places of the heart.

I will not be quiet. I will make people turn their heads, click their tongues or avert their eyes, on the chance that someone might be inspired.

I will be noisy.

I will not tell you to be quiet when you are.

I promise I will read you stories and write stories and songs, and sing them, or leave them to be sung by others.

I will fight for you with every ounce of love I possess, for the right for you and all children to live in a world that is clean and sustainable, that’s filled with equity and love.

We have a long way to go, but you are worth the effort. Every child is.

I promise, for you, I will expand my heart and what I believe is possible. I will let good things happen. You are one of those good things.

I will help you to face what’s bad and hurtful, though I would shield you from it if I could, and support you in keeping your heart open to love, always.

Most of all, I promise to learn from you, to let you teach me everything you came here to teach. I will try to be a good student.

You have such amazing cousins and big sister, your grandparents, aunts and uncles, all, who love you. And you couldn’t have picked a better mommy or daddy to have you.

I didn’t think it was possible that I could love more. But here you are.

This is a beautiful world we live in. With all the things that need to be healed or changed — and there’s a lot — it’s still a beautiful world. I think you coming here makes it just a bit more beautiful.

A number of years ago, I wrote and recorded a song to go with a children’s book I had written, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes. Your Auntie Brhiannon was about 7 years old. She and her classmates sang on the recording.

The story I wrote is inspired by the teachings of Thich Naht Hanh about the interconnectedness of life. If ever there was a time to learn this truth and to honor it, it’s now. And so I want to share it with you.

I’m so glad your journey is bringing you to us. May you have a beautiful journey ahead of you, and let me end this little letter to you with my favorite blessing:

My dearest Mason, may you stay true to your journey, to the light in your heart, to who you are and who you are becoming, always.

Wo ai ni, Aishiteru, I love you.
Your Nana

LYRICS (to the song played at the end of the episode):

Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Lyrics and Melody by Demian Yumei
Arrangement and instruments by Stacey Young

I love little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes
I love little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes

Daddy plants the seeds
And Mommy pulls the weeds
Rivers turn to rain clouds
And all these things can be found…

Inside little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes
Inside little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes

Ladybugs hang around
And earthworms dig underground
Helping plants to grow
And all these things that we know are…

Inside little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes
They are inside little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes

Earth is spinning ‘round
And sun is shining down
Stars are up above
And all of life, hope and love are…

Inside little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes
Inside little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes

All these not-a-tomato-things make a tomato what it is
Heaven and earth and all you see, in a tomato…just like me!

Oh, I love little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes
Oh, I love little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes

About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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