Fire Pit

I get taken far away
When I just wanna stay
So as I wander
I ponder
Is it supposed to be this way?

So meet me out back,
At the fire pit.
We’ll sit and we’ll stare,
Without a care,
And with each ember
We’ll remember
All the good times that we’ve had.

So meet me out back,
At the fire pit.
Wine in my hand,
No need to understand
All our confusions
And illusions,
Only good times that we’ve had.

I’m overwhelmed
By the voices in my head
Tellin me surrender
And I’m tender
My soul is giving in

So meet me out back,
At the fire pit.
We’ll sit and we’ll stare,
Without a care,
And with each ember
We’ll remember
All the good times that we’ve had.

So meet me out back,
At the fire pit.
Wine in my hand,
No need to understand
All our confusions
And illusions,
Only good times that we’ve had.

And when I’m gone
Remember this song
It’s our anthem,
Our redemption,
And I’m always singing along

This Year

Hey, hey, why’d you waste my day
You know I can’t be trustin what you say
Hey, hey, why’d you waste my time
You know it really should be a crime

This year, don’t run away from fear
Take the wheel and steer
Don’t be nobody’s elf
Open your eyes and see for yourself

This year, this is my, this is my,
This is my year. Oh yeah, oh yeah,
This year, this is my, this is my,
This is my year.

Hey, hey, stop bringing me down
You know I’ll be the one with the crown
Hey, hey, don’t bother me at all
You know I’m not really gonna fall

This year, celebrate and cheer
Grab another beer
Don’t be nobody’s fool
Live your life and live by your rule

This year, this is my, this is my,
This is my year. Oh yeah, oh yeah,
This year, this is my, this is my,
This is my year.

This year, I’m finally seeing clear.

The Night Before Lanuti Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
The stench from the unfinished fish feast,
Permeated, like a dead rotting mouse.

Grandma, walking down the stairs,
Still wearing her Penney’s associate tag,
Discovered Jim, nestled in,
With his stereo sounds mag.

You see, she had worked earlier,
That Christmas Eve day,
Just a short nine hours straight,
Christmas Eve stay.

Together, blessed as any, and humble instead
They held each other tight
And lovingly relived,
The memories, of earlier that night,

The festive food, the laughs, the grandchildren,
The whole family and celebration,
The stories, the snowfalls forgotten,
And the three hundredth viewing of Christmas Vacation.

When to their wonder,
Who should call to wish a happy Noel?
Why, greetings from the North Pole, upstate New York,
And the very first Joe L.

Later, Grandma, most adoring,
Still wrapping packages and toys, before going to bed,
With Grandpa, already snoring,
As visions of leaf blowers danced in his head.

She could picture him now,
Out on the lawn, the noise and the clatter,
The neighbors would awake,
To see just what was the matter!

Down a bit to the south, Cindy,
Who was pregnant and feeling like an overstuffed locker,
Knew it was pajama time,
but CJ said to his Daddy, Dave, “Just one more game of soccer?”

The Lanuti house in Raleigh,
Was a completely different story,
There was no English Premier match,
And no X-box, sold for being too gory.

Why, Mia was still reading books,
And shouting carols with all her might,
And sister Morgan was resting soundly,
Clutching her paccy all through the night.

Papa John, was not making pizza,
As you might have suspected,
But expertly sampling a bottle of wine,
Not leaving even one drop uninspected.

Mommy Michele was doing laundry,
Folding shirts and folding socks,
While up the road, Jennifer,
Was still practicing just how to kick-box.

And her husband Jason, tucked away,
In his new favorite place, right by the tv,
He just sat there,
Smiling and playing his wii.

All the Lanuti’s,
Although separated by house and by location,
Were brought together with love,
And with similar vocation.

They would be sleeping by now, content as can be,
Without fortune and fame
But planning in detail, their every move,
In the mighty gift exchange game.

For Christmas would soon be here, and Penney’s would cut prices,
The stock must not fall,
Doorbusters and more,
Slash away, slash away, slash away all!

And Santa would be coming too,
Early in the morn with his big bag of booty,
But he was already here, alive and merry,
In the hearts of every Lanuti.

So, from our family to yours,
As Santa would say, before going out of sight ,
Happy Christmas to all,
And to all a good night!

For My Mom

The love of a mother is like no other.
Pure and gentle, constant and caring, remarkable, but true.
You spring forth life and are overwhelmed with hope.
Like a cool breeze on a warm summer day,
Like an angel filled with faith and with grace,
Like a beautiful star twinkling in the night sky.

To your children, you are everything.
Role model, nurturer, friend, and family,
Cook, teacher, hair dresser, and tailor,
Consultant, accountant, sports star, and our biggest fan.
Without you, we would be nothing.
We owe you so much.

Every laugh I’ve laughed,
You were there.
Every tear wept,
Every dream dreamt,
You were there standing close by my side.
You were there holding my hand or hugging me close.
You were there deep in my heart and steady in my mind.
You will always be there.

To your children, you are everything.
So much more than a shoulder to lean on,
So much more than someone who will listen.
You taught me my faith.
You taught me how to cook.
You showed me your smile,
And you showed me good things may take awhile.
You told me about birds and you told me about bees.
You, my Mom, you taught me all of these.

I could never thank you enough for all that you are
And for all that you do.
For all you have given and for all you have ever shared,
For the sacrifices you have made,
And the tuitions you have paid.
You are my mentor, my everything, my Mom.

This is the prayer I promise to make,
I wish you the best and more sweet memories to take.
For gifts can do you no justice and words cannot say,
How much I love you each and every day.

How Do I Love You?

(A personalization of P.K. Hallinan’s “How Do I Love You?” children’s book)
By Mia, via her Daddy

How do I love you? Well, more than just a tad.
Sometimes I even love you, more than I love Dad.
I love the way you hug me after a bath.
I love the way you always make me laugh.
I love the way you had me, instead of a son.
I love the way you wear two shirts, instead of one.
I love the way you read to me, sitting in your lap.
I love when you tuck me in, for my afternoon nap.
I love the way you push me, on my bike,
And when you take me to the park, for an exciting hike.
I love your patience, even when I’m go-go-go.
I love the way you ask me questions I already know.
I love the way you walk me, in my stroller,
And how you’ll flip when you find my first molar.
I smile when you smile, and I’m sorry when I make you mad.
And even though I love time-out, you take me outside instead.
I love the way you get my hat, to protect my hair from the wind.
And museums and gymboree, and all the crazy places we’ve been.
I love the way you play with me, building with my blocks.
And when we watch TV, man that JoJo rocks!
I love the way you let me help, anyway I can.
I love the way I get my lotion, to protect my summer tan.
I love it when I get to eat, all by myself,
And when you show me pictures, up on top of the shelf.
How do I love you? It’s impossible to say.
I’ll spend all my days,
Coming up with creative new ways,
To show you just how much,
I love you.

Dreaming

Dreaming

I don’t know what to do,
I’m nothing without you.
Home is where I belong,
Home where I can sing this song,
…And you can sing along.

When it’s night, I’m dreaming,
Dreaming about you.
Then it’s day, and I’m thinking,
Thinking about you.

Life can take me miles away,
Can take me right away.
Away from you and my girls,
My world is empty and alone,
…Until I get back home.

Change the world…

Change the World

Hello morning, welcome evening
Are we loving or are we leaving?
Got no direction, do we admit defeat?
Don’t know the difference between honesty and deceit

Sometimes I want to just run away and get away
Instead I’ll stay, change the world today

Is there hope, or is it just despair?
Do we matter, do we even care?
Sadness surrounds us, confusion closes in
Tired and fading, time to begin

Sometimes I want to just run away and get away
Instead I’ll stay, change the world today