Kip Moore’s “Hey Pretty Girl” isn’t just the country rocker’s most beautiful and poetic release to date, it is also a song that is touching and impacting lives. A story recently emerged about a young boy, Nick, and his adoptive mother, Stephanie Giese. Giese reached out to Moore via letter to express her gratitude toward the singer for the way his music has touched her son.
Stephanie explained that Nick was struggling with not having a relationship with his biological family and was dealing with feelings of isolation. However, while the two were in the car one day, Nick heard Moore’s hit song on the radio. Listening intently to the sentimental lyrics, Nick broke into tears as the song played.
The few minutes Nick listened to the song, he developed hope that he would eventually grow up, fall in love, and have a family of his own. It was a moment that moved Giese to the point that she felt compelled to write Moore a letter to tell him how much his song means to her family. The letter read:
Dear Kip Moore,
I love you.
You see, we have this little boy to raise and it isn’t always easy.
Sometimes he gets angry and throws chairs, breaks doors off of hinges or takes a permanent marker to everything in the living room.
Sometimes he screams that we’re not his family because, biologically, we’re not. Adoption can be harder than most people know. Sometimes our little boy truly believes he hates us and he wants his “real” mommy back, even though he never really knew her.
But today was just an ordinary day, not one of the tough ones, and your song, Hey Pretty Girl, was on the minivan radio. When I looked in the rearview mirror, I saw Nicholas crying. I asked why he was sad and, in his infinite 6-year-old wisdom, my son told me that sometimes, people cry even when they’re not sad.
Wiping tears away he said, “I’m not sad, Mom. It’s just this song. It touched deep in my heart.”
He has heard your song before, but today he felt it.
He went on to explain as best he could, as he processed that one day, he could have a biological family of his very own.
“It makes my heart feel something, but I’m not sad. One day will I be married like the song man? And then I’ll really be in a family? My own family?”
I wanted to insist that he’s in a real family now, and I tried to remind him gently. But, no matter what I say or do, to him, it can never be the same. Kip Moore, today you gave my son the gift of hope: Hope that there will be belonging, and blood relation, and kinship in his future.
So, today this momma thanks you.
And your song’s pretty good too.
With Love and Gratitude,
If you didn’t believe in the power of a good country song before, the proof is right here in the proverbial pudding.
Watch Kip Moore’s video for “Hey Pretty Girl” here:
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