The day my daughter was born, right after her birth, the doctor held up a screaming, messy, little blob of pure joy so that I could see her. I touched her hand and she continued to scream. I spoke to her, and immediately she became quiet. She opened her eyes and searched for the source of those words. She recognized my voice. I spoke to her with words that she could not understand, but they reached her anyway…. “Hey, there little one.” Four words spoken with tenderness by a voice that was familiar were a comfort to her when everything around her was unfamiliar.
Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, is not far from my home. At the age of six, having been blind and deaf since the age of nineteen months, Helen stood at a water pump and discovered the beauty of a word. W-a-t-e-r. That word changed everything for her. Words rescued her from an existence that was dark and lonely and allowed her to inspire an entire world. Do you remember the afternoon of February 22, 2011? @DavidArchie tweeted that he would have a vlog up soon. We waited, almost patiently. After the uncertainty of the announcement of his release from the Jive roster and the release of his management, we needed to hear what he had to say. We hung on his every word. The David family huddled together for words of reassurance.
I came to love David through the words he sang. I came to admire David because of the words he spoke and wrote. I have grown to respect David not only because of the words he chooses to use, but because there are words that he refuses to use…words of negativity or gossip….words to retaliate or tear down. I love his humorous words…tales of huge grapes, mistaken identities (Ricky Archuleta), giant bowls of guacamole, and whether or not fish have brains….all of these words endear him to me.
With David as my inspiration, I hope to be more careful with the words I choose, and I want my life to reinforce the optimism, hope, and encouragement that my words express. I will not be perfect, but I want to think twice before I hurl words into the atmosphere. Once a word has been received by another person, it is irretrievable. As David recently quoted, the lack of words can be as harmful as harsh words, so I want to communicate with those so important to me David once said that a smile can make someone’s day. It’s true. It’s also true that a kind word has the power to make a huge difference in the life of another person.
So now we wait for more words from David, more songs, more tweets, more news of tour or an appearance or a music label or new management. While we wait, we’ll use words that make a difference….words like Music for Smiles, Rising Star Outreach, Children’s Miracle Network, Stand Up 2 Cancer. We’ll use our words to remind David that we are his fans. We’ll remind each other what a blessing it is to be an Archie. We’ll use our word power to make a difference.
After all, we never know who’s listening.