As many of you know, this past fall was filled with challenge and loss. Losing a parent is a path we all must walk. On Mom’s final day, we moved to a private room where music played frequently. Sometimes my phone played Thais, Barber, or Chopin. Other times, I would pull out my strumstick and sing songs.
A few days before, my brother shared a memory, one of Mom’s favorite songs. In the early 60s, as Dad was in Colorado earning his PhD, the family frequently had to commute via car. Mom loved listening to music during the long trips. Henry Mancini’s soundtrack to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was a favorite, especially Moon River.
I spent an evening learning the song, so I could surprise Mom. I think she liked it. In the weeks that followed, the song haunted me. However, time can heal, the days are easier, and I enjoy the beautiful music again. So friends, as this year draws to a close, think of your loved ones, enjoy them, be patient, listen, and show them you care.
Here is my New Year’s Gift to you.