But her grandparents were. She lived with them, and grew up, and became who she is under their wing. She grew up, a "normal" small town girl - church choir, cheer leading, basic growing from childhood to adult. Without Mom or Dad.
But with her Grand Parents, and with an extraordinary talent. Pickler hit the big time with American Idol, where Simon Cowell said that the should be singing Country. Her ninth place finish gave her a chance to record, and her "High Heel Shoes" song got her to the charts, and her "I Wonder" song - about her Mom, who abandoned her - kept her there.
But this one is the one that I think that cements her place (with me) as one of the few songwriters who can capture the time, and place, and emotion of what's happening. The "sophisticated" music critics have passed this by, but only because they've passed by the type of emotion that is common, but uncommonly captured in song.
I'd like to think that most people would do this for their flesh and blood. Mostly, perhaps, it doesn't. But sometimes you even see this happening, before your eyes.
There is an outside chance Little Bit's mother, her birth mother, will visit on Little Bit's birthday next month. That is if the stars are in alignment, the earth's crust doesn't shift, and purple rain showers develop out over the Gulf of Mexico. Little Bit hasn't seen her mother in over three years, so I'm not sure how I feel about this visit. What effect will it have on my grandchild when she has to say, goodbye.I hope that she gets her birthday wish - to see her Mom. But even if she doesn't, she has Angels watching over her. Her Grand Parents.
Her mother has promised so much over the years and, as is her way, failed. She never follows through. This hurts Little Bit. I hope this isn't another. Little Bit is so excited.
Little Bit has had a raw deal, but she's also been given some Angels. I hope that in the fullness of time, she realizes that.