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Sunday Scribblings #180: Springing Forward With Hope and Love

This week, many of us in the US are springing forward in time! I like to believe that something fun comes out of this time change stuff we do twice a year – like tiny bits of time travel. I cannot say I am a big fan of this concept though it might have made sense ages ago. What about you? If you live somewhere where you spring forward and fall back, do you like it? Anyways, with warmer weather coming soon, I for one, am springing forward with hope and love for the rest of the year(s).

Springing forward in time has been done already – as of today. And also springing forward with hope in the form of quirky yet hope-filled holiday called Festival of Life in the Cracks Day (celebrated annually on March 10). As for love, I bring you the lullaby for Poetic Sundays for this week brings with it World Sleep Day (March 15th annually).

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Poetic Sundays: The Lullaby

The Lullaby: Springing Forward with a Song of Love

This week, with the time change as we spring forward and World Sleep Day on the 15th of March, I bring you the lullaby. It is such a beautiful expression of love, and whether a caregiver hums or sings a lullaby (often passed down from generations) to a baby, it fosters a sense of security and comfort for both the caregiver and the child.

Studies have shown that babies can identify a lullaby melody regardless of the language it’s sung in. This means you can choose a familiar tune to accompany the lyrics of your own lullaby for your little ones or loved ones. Furthermore, researchers have noted that cuddling your baby while singing a lullaby can stimulate the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone,” fostering feelings of comfort, security, and relaxation (source).

While lyrics or the language you write the lullaby in might not matter, the sounds of the words within do, for we do need words that are soft, soothing to hear, melodic. Read more in the tips below.

So What is a Lullaby?

A lullaby is a soothing song, usually sung to babies or young children to help them fall asleep. The word derives from Middle English lollai or lullay, meaning “to soothe or calm,” and “by,” which is likely a variant of “by-bye,” “good-bye,” or simply a meaningless extension (source).

Tips to Write a Lullaby

While I never wrote a lullaby for my own kids when they were younger, I recall including my own words and lyrics (as well as their names) into favorite lullabies while singing to them. Here are some tips to help you craft your own, should you choose to do so.

Set the Mood

Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus. Dim the lights, and perhaps play some soft, calming music to inspire you. Light candles, have some comforting herbal tea in hand maybe, anything that helps you.

Reflect on the Why

Think about the emotions you want to convey in your lullaby. Lullabies are meant to soothe and comfort, so tap into your feelings of love, tenderness, and protection.


Write down a list of all the words that are lulling, that is have a soothing, sleepy soft sound. Pick ones that have meaning for you. Maybe you can include your child’s name or reference specific moments or qualities that are unique to them.

Next, Craft the Verses

Put those words and phrases together in any way you choose – fun, heartwarming, nonsensical, sweet. But make sure it is singable, rhythmic, melodious.

Here’s one structure you can follow:

First verse: Introduce the idea of sleep and comfort.
Second verse: Express your love and reassurance to the child.
Third verse: Encourage sweet dreams and peaceful sleep.

Don’t forget that lullabies are repetitive to further help the listener into a state of relaxation. You can repeat certain lines or melodies throughout the song to reinforce its calming effect.

Choose a Melody

If you can compose your own melody, that is cool and an additional personalized touch to the lullaby. Otherwise, no worries. You can always use a familiar tune (like I did years ago). Or you can look up simple melodies online to use for your lullaby. Remember, simple, soothing, gentle, and flowing tunes are best.

You could have a sound machine on in the background while you “sing” your lullaby.

Additional Tips

Of course, for both words and melody, you can draw from your cultural background or incorporate traditional lullaby elements. This helps add further depth and meaning to your song, and make it more special.

Keep it short and sweet.

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to write a lullaby. So write on.

h/t, References, and Further Reading

My Attempt

This is a first draft as I am trying to pick a tune and then might have to rewrite the words to fit into the melody. But this is a start.

Hush now, my little sunray,
My sweet starlight, in night’s gentle sway.
Close your eyes, let worries melt away,
In love’s embrace, you’ll always stay.
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites


On My Blog

These posts made their way out into the world on my blog this past week:

On the Home Front

I had a WONDERFUL FUN therapy session – of sorts! I mean, I met with my girlfriends for a long overdue visit. We have been friends since our older child’s elementary school days (my son is 21 now and in his third year of college!).


On My Blog and Springing Forward on the Home Front

Hoping to get a few posts here as always, and some gardening done/started as the sun is promising to shine more this coming week! After all, we have plant a flower day coming this week 🙂

This Week’s Celebrations

Literary and Other Celebrations:

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Related Reads and More

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, this was it for my Sunday Scribblings. I would love to hear your comments on my post(s), poetic Sunday section, and anything else. And which of these days do you plan to celebrate (or any other)? Also, I do look forward to reading your poems (if you have attempted one or the other forms so far?!) 

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

22 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #180: Springing Forward With Hope and Love

  1. With the time change, the coming of spring, and all these upbeat observances, your post left me feeling hopeful and energized for the new season. What a lovely way to “spring forward”!

  2. Loving this post and I’m so ready for Spring Forward. How cool is that, that a baby can identify a lullaby regardless of the language. That’s something new to me because I didn’t know that. I’m ready for some Spring like weather.

  3. Oh man, I admit, I hate time changes. I do love that it stays light longer but man, the first few days are tough on me.

    I like your lullaby!

  4. We used so many lullabies and lullaby music for my kids when they were little. It took them a long time to grow out of using it as a tool to help sleep. It is interesting to think about how long they have been around and how widespread lullabies are used.

  5. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about lullabies. Lullabies are such a beautiful expression of love and comfort, not just for babies but for anyone who needs a soothing melody to calm their mind and soul.

  6. I used to switch words in lullaby’s too. I’d try to make them funny and include the kids names and they loved them. In the end we would sing them in the car on our way to places and keep changing the words to make new ones. It’s a great way to have fun with the kids.

  7. Tips to write a lullaby! This is sooooo interesting to say the least, the idea itself fills me up with love, I will try it.

  8. I love spring time; it is a time to regroup and be more relaxed and be able to have fresh start. I love the lullabies that i would read to my boys when they were letter. And we always talk about the special meaning behind it.

  9. I am fine with it as it gives us more sunlight and the days get longer which is a fabuous thing after the winter! I am still not 100% in line with the change yet.

  10. Lullaby is one of my favorite music. I am still listening to them even though my kids are grown-ups.
    It calms and relaxes me.

  11. Your post is such a lovely ode to the changes and celebrations of this time of year. I enjoyed reading about the Festival of Life in the Cracks Day and the anticipation of warmer weather. Your discussion on lullabies was heartwarming, especially the emphasis on the emotional connection they foster between caregivers and children. It’s fascinating to learn about the cultural and scientific aspects behind these soothing melodies.

    The tips you provided for writing a lullaby were insightful, offering a helpful guide for anyone wanting to craft their own. Your personal attempt at a lullaby was beautiful and captures the essence of comfort and love.

    Your rundown of literary and foodie celebrations, as well as other notable events, adds a delightful touch of variety to the post. It’s impressive how you’ve woven together a tapestry of topics ranging from lullabies to literary birthdays to national food days.

    Overall, your post exudes warmth, creativity, and a celebration of life’s simple joys. It’s evident that you put a lot of care and thought into curating this collection of musings and celebrations. Keep up the fantastic work!

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