All day I wondered what this was about
I fully expected it to be bad news. I mean, why else would she be reaching out, wanting to connect with us on that very same day? I’ve known this girl for over 50 years and she’s never done anything like this, so I expected the worse.
I assumed that she was sick or someone we knew was sick. Or maybe someone had passed away. Or maybe she was having serious personal problems. Or maybe she was leaving the area. Whatever it was, it couldn’t be good, at least that’s what I thought.
When the time arrived for the Zoom gathering I tentatively logged on. I was trying to prepare myself for whatever she had to share and I was determined to be positive and supportive.
The conversation started with the usual pleasantries and eventually she got to the topic she wanted to discuss with us.
To my surprise…
She wanted to share a laugh and sing a song. Literally.
She sang a song from our elementary school days and we laughed until we cried. It was the most amazing Zoom meeting ever! And I was reminded of the song we heard at the end of every episode of The Carol Burnett Show. If you’re of a "certain age", you may remember it:
I’m so glad we’ve had this time together
Just to have a laugh or sing a song
Seems we just get started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say
I hope my friends know how much that gathering meant to me. And it encourages me to reach out to folks I know just to have a laugh and sing a song. Because you know what?
We never know when we’ll have to say, so long.