Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Song Remembers When

Music has always been a big part of my life. It has been my friend, my comfort, my inspiration, my battle cry. There are certain songs that, no matter how old they are, will always recall a place and time for me. With that in mind I thought I'd start up a somewhat regular blog topic I call..

The Song Remembers When

This first one is prompted by an email I got today from a very old friend of mine, Mary. (She has since legally changed her name to Kirin, but she will always be "Mary" to me.)

I met Mary the first day I started a new school, in a new city, after my dad passed away and I was sent to live with my mom and (evil) stepfather. I was terribly shy but overly prepared for this new 5th grade classroom right after Christmas vacation. Mary asked if she could borrow a pencil and I think I gave her a choice from about a dozen I had in my purse.

A lifetime friendship started that day even though we lost touch with each other for way too many years after I moved to Michigan in 1978. I eventually found her again through my blog after posting about how I missed her. Someone took the information I'd listed and tracked her down.. or at least tracked down her mother, who I then called and found Mary.

We emailed a couple times and exchanged phone calls.. did a lot of catching up and even more "remembering when." Soon though we drifted apart again. Not all the way though because we both still hold each other close in our hearts.

The email I got from Mary today reminded me of a special time and song...

Once we reached our teen years we weren't allowed to see each other by parental decree. You see we tended to get in trouble when we were together and her mom blamed me, my mom blamed her. (It was probably me.) This didn't stop us though and we were always finding ways to get together.

One day Mary rode her horse over to my house when I was home alone. My house was out in the country and had a sizable yard, so she let her horse roam around in the fenced part and we hung out for a while.

As she was preparing to leave I was in the kitchen washing dishes by a window that looked out on the back yard. This song came on the radio as I watched her doing the things one needs to do before riding a horse. She got on the horse and slowly rode it to the gate at the very back.. then out through the woods beyond.

All in perfect synchronization with the song's music. It was almost like watching a movie scene set to music. I will always think of her and our special friendship when I hear this song.

What song memory do you have?


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ShannonW said...

This is a good one for me to think about! I know several songs that trigger special memories for me.

Mom Knows Everything said...

How Do I Live by Trisha Yearwood was our wedding song.

Akelamalu said...

What a lovely memory Barb. :)

bundle-o-contradictions said...

There are so many to choose from. I think some of my "Sunday's Songs" are bits of that. I think it'd be What Would You Say? by Dave Matthews Band (of course), for making me smile for the first time in months.