This is a song that is so dear to my heart that I put it first in line on the album. Growing up in a family of 7 children was an adventure, to say the least. I was a blessed child with an amazing family that above all things, loved each other.
I always had what I needed, even though we struggled financially. Truthfully my Mom and Dad are saints just for putting up with me. My Father in particular was and is a very sensitive man. He struggled most of his life with bouts of depression that deeply saddened him and the family. He is the real story behind the title.
My Father is the oldest of the singing Osmond Family. This family has been in the eye of the world for the past 50 years. His name is George Virl Osmond Jr. after my Grandpa George. He goes by Virl and being his “little boy” my middle name is also Virl. He is kind and caring, full of love and struggles every day with this depression. I remember as a very small boy my father would pick me up and hold me and then look in my eyes and say, “You will always be my little boy! Don’t you forget that.” He would then kiss me on the forehead and then go about his day.
As I got older the message stayed the same. “You’re my little boy, and I love you son…” would come out of nowhere when my friends were over. There was not a day that I can remember when I was living at home that I wasn’t told and shown how much I was loved. For all his trials and shortcomings, he was a constant reminder that I was loved.
I have seen in other homes and situations where the love wasn’t there and in some cases abuse has taken place. I hope to inspire anyone that will listen to my music to know that I believe there is a Heavenly Father that is constant and loves us right now just as we are.
When I was writing this song I remembered my Mother saying, “Some day children of your own will fill your home and then you’ll understand how I feel about you.” I put that line in as lyrics to this song. Mom, you were right. My Dad still calls me all the time to remind me that I’ll always be his Little Boy. I am so proud to be your son. Thank you for your incredible example of love. Also, thanks for not grounding me for 5 years when Aaron and I almost burned the house down.
Your little boy,