“The Sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.
Just thinking about tomorrow clears aways the cobwebs and the sorrow, ’til there’s none.
When I’m stuck with a day that’s gray and lonely, I just stick out my chin and grin and say,
The sun will come out tomorrow. So you gotta hang on ’til tomorrow, come what may.
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You’re only a day away.”
This is the song you sing, cheerfully, at the top of your lungs, when you visit me. I love you for the way you teach me, in your own childlike way, how to live.
Lately, I have seen this movie more times than I can count because it’s always the one you want to watch. It’s one I don’t want to watch for myself ever again. But I never tire of watching it with you. It’s a memory I will always cherish, as I hope you will as well. I love creating special memories with you. That’s always my goal when you’re here, and I hope I’m succeeding.
Truly, there is always tomorrow. And I relish all the tomorrows I get to spend with you and your brother.
At the end of this childhood classic, the wizard teaches Dorothy, the tin man, the lion and the scarecrow that they already possess the one thing they’ve been searching for the entire movie.
In many ways, I am a failure as a man and a human being. But because I have the two of you, I am not a total failure. If there is anything good in me, you are a continuation of that goodness. My lifelong search for love and acceptance is manifest in your lives. When everything goes wrong in my life, you guys are always there with a hug and a smile. You love me for who I am, no matter what. I’m grateful to you for teaching me what love really is.
This is another movie we watch together when you are here. Like Annie, this is one movie that I have seen too many times as of late. It was one of my favorites when I was your age, and it makes me smile that it’s also one of your favorites. Thus, one of my happy childhood memories is now one of our special memories.