My son’s birthday

It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.

Joyce Maynard

balloon2 10To my son:

I’ve said these things to you before, but they are worth repeating:

You are a good parent and a good partner to your wife.  You have a good mind for business and good street smarts, and you are sensitive to other people’s needs. You have developed and maintained friendships that have lasted decades, something that is admirable. Although we do not communicate much these days you and your family are constantly in my thoughts.

Because of you I can think my life to have been successful.

Las Mañanitas

As I cannot sing a birthday greeting to my son today, I’ve asked Pedro Infante to sing Las Mañanitas, a traditional song sung for birthdays. In the clip below, from the film Nosotros: Los Pobres, Pedro Infante as Pepe sings Las Mañanitas to his adopted daughter Chachita, who is unaware that she is adopted. Pepe has escaped from prison where he has been confined as a result of his having been wrongly convicted of murdering a money lender.

There are many more verses than any movie can accommodate – the lyrics in Spanish and English are below.

A poem that’s sung. Such an elegant way to celebrate someone’s life!

Letra English Translation
Estas son las mañanitas
que cantaba el rey David
Hoy por ser día de tu santo
te las cantamos aquí.
Despierta mi bien despierta
Mira que ya amaneció
Ya los pajaritos cantan
La luna ya se metió.
These are the dawns
of which King David sang
We sing here because
today is your saint’s day,
Wake up my dear, wake up and
see what dawn has brought
Birds are singing
and the moon has set.
Levantarte de la mañana,
mira que ya amaneció.
Y En la pila del bautismo
cantaron los ruiseñores.
Ya viene amaneciendo
ya la luz del dia nos dió.
Levantarte de la mañana,
mira que ya amaneció.
Rise up this morning and
see what dawn has brought.
Nightingales sing
at your baptismal fountain.
Dawn is arriving and
the light of day is upon us.
Rise up this morning and
see that dawn has come.
¡Qué linda está la mañana
en que vengo a saludarte
Venimos todos con gusto
y placer a felicitarte!
El día en que tú naciste,
nacieron todas las flores
Ya viene amaneciendo
ya la luz del dia nos dió.
How beautiful this morning
on which I come to greet you
We come with happiness
and pleasure to congratulate you!
All flowers were born on the day
that you were born
Dawn is arriving and
the light of day is upon us.
Volaron 7 palomas
por toditas las ciudades
Hoy por ser dia de tu santo
Te deseamos felicidades
Coro
Ya viene amaneciendo
ya la luz del dia nos dió.
Levantarte de la mañana,
mira que ya amaneció.
Seven doves
flew to all the cities
because today is your saint’s day,
we wish you happiness
Chorus:
Dawn is arriving and
the light of day is upon us.
Rise up this morning and
see what dawn has brought.
Despierta, despierta
Paso el tiempo de dormir
Ya los gallos muy contentos
cantaron ki kiri ki
[Coro]
Wake up, wake up.
The time to sleep has passed.
And the happy roosters
sing ki kiri ki.
[Chorus]
Quisiera ser solecito
ara entrar por tu ventana
Y darte los buenos dias
acostadita en cama
[Coro]
I would like to be alone
to enter through your window
And greet you Good Morning
lying in the bed.
[Chorus]
Quisiera ser un san juan
quisiera ser un san pedro
para venirte a saludar
con la musica del cielo
[Coro]
I would like to be St. John
I would like to be St. Paul
To come to greet you
With heaven’s music
[Chorus]
De las estrellas del cielo
tengo que bajarte dos,
Una para saludarte,
otra para decirte adiós.
Volaron cuatro palomas
por toditas las ciudades
hoy por ser día de tu santo
te deseamos felicidades.
Con rácimos de flores
hoy te vengo a saludar.
Y hoy por ser día de tu santo
te venimos a cantar.
From the stars in the heavens
I had to take two down
One to greet you
Another to bid farewell.
Four doves flew
Through all of the cities
Today because it is your birthday
We wish you happiness
With bouquets of flowers.
Today I come to greet you.
And today because it is your birthday
We come to sing.

 

 

 

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