I Hope You Dance!

Awwwww: No hot cowboys today, (though I suspect Don has done his mama proud!) I HAVE, however, been writing fast and furious on Dalton and Angelique’s story in RENEGADE HEART’S #finallybrainkickedin. Consequently, I’ve managed to more than adequately steam up a few pages #hotchahotchahotcha, but I digress…renegade_hearts_web-large

SUNDAY, MAY 10,  we’ve set aside in this country a day to celebrate Mother’s. Mother’s by blood, others by choice.  Maybe you’ve never had children of your own, but as a teacher guide hundreds every day, instilling confidence, assisting in the growing-up process. Maybe you’re an aunt, godmother, a caregiver, a neighbor who has been for another, the mother figure in their lives. We pay homage to the “mom’s” in our lives–the sons, daughters, grandchildren—the legacy of Motherhood.

This Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me. Not only am I a mother to four wonderful adult children, who turned out far better than I could have imagined or hoped for—but I am a daughter, too. And this Mother’s Day will be the first without my mother. The juxtaposition of loss and blessing is almost dazzling in its clarity.

There have been many songs written about mothers and many of them sung by country artists interestingly enough. (Have you heard the new Garth Brooks single, “Mom”?)

However, one of my favorites, released a few years back, is by country artist, Lee Ann Womack. As a writer, I quite often use music when I write, sometimes for the picture that the lyrics paint, other times for the mood or tone of the music, itself.

This song, in particular, speaks to me in such a vivid way about the wisdom of a mother to her child. Here is a condensed version of I HOPE YOU DANCE and if you’re so inclined you can also check out the beautiful Youtube video.


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

Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’,

Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’,

Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,

When you come close to sellin’ 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.

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.)

Writer(s): Mark Daniel Sanders, Tia Sillers Copyright: Sony/ATV Melody, Soda Creek Songs, Choice Is Tragic Music, MCA Music Publishing A.D.O. Universal S

Do you have a favorite song about Mother’s? Maybe you have a favorite saying from your mom or grandmother?

I remember we kids used to collapse in a fit of laughter every time my grandmother would blurt out “well, my stars and garters!” when she was surprised. Never understood the saying, but it makes me smile to this day. I hope one day, my kids will know that I danced!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I Hope You Dance!


About Amanda McIntyre

Amanda McIntyre’s storytelling is a natural offshoot of her artistic creativity. A visual writer, living in the rich tapestry of the American heartland, her passion is telling character-driven stories with a penchant (okay, some call it a wicked obsession) for placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations to see how they overcome the obstacles to their HEA. A bestselling author, her work is published internationally in Print, E-book, and Audio. She writes steamy contemporary and sizzling historical romance and truly believes, no matter what, love will always find a way. Learn more and get connected at www.amandamcintyresbooks.com
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12 Responses to I Hope You Dance!

  1. mjmgma says:

    Love One Hot Mama by Trace Adkins AND so Much Like Your Dad by George Strait which is really about Mom.

  2. Clare O'Beara says:

    You show a cover like that and then say “no hot cowboys?”

  3. Shirley Long says:

    I also like the Lee Ann Womack song. because it gives you everything a mother would or has said to their kids.
    And I understand about not having your Mom. My first Mother’s Day without my sweet Mama was one of the most painful of my life. But, I made it thru and can now just smile, look up to the sky and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.
    One thing that my mom said has always stuck with me. She said “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle”. Sometimes I question that, but I always try to remember what my Mama said and push on thru whatever is going on. This is my favorite saying ~~ “Life isn’t about surviving the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”.
    HAPPY MOTHER”S DAY to all the mothers reading this post. Hope ya’ll have a great day!!

  4. Shirley Long says:

    Sorry, forgot to check below.

  5. Eileen says:

    What a beautiful post. It has been a wonderful Mother’s Day for me and my family. I lov that song too.

  6. My brothers had two when we were growing up and every time I hear them I think of my Mom. Mama Tried and The Only Hell My Mama Raised by Merle Haggard. For my Grandmother…The Family Bible by George Jones. Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day.

  7. carol L says:

    Mothet’s Day was sad for me as well because she’s not with us these last three years. But I’m so grateful she was my Mom. I love this song also. My Mother always said to ,e whenever I was overwhelmed to just let all the yesterdays go. Just get through today. She was so right.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. Amanda says:

    Let your yesterdays go…wise words. Thanks Carol for stopping by to share!

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