Music Started The Healing

Music wasn’t a huge part of my childhood. It only made an appearance when it came time to pick selections for figure skating performances. It wasn’t until the year after my mom died while attending a Bryan Adams concert that music took me to a happy place. His concert brought my smile back. I was hooked.
I bought every Bryan Adams record to date. I saved my allowance to go to Alley Cat Records to pour over the 45s selection. The possibilities were endless. Madonna, U2 and Cyndi Lauper were on constant loop on my record player. I was thrilled when cassettes came to the store. I worked hard to get my Sony Walkman. The songs made me have a childhood away from grief and pain.
Now as a mom of girls, I was thrilled when I got a copy of Cyndi Lauper’s memoir. I still know all the words to her iconic song Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Cyndi writes so candidly about her childhood in Queens, New York. She is brutally honest of how leaving home to live at her sister’s home at sixteen years old, busking to when she found her voice. She once was even a Girl Friday at Simon and Shuster, the very publisher of this book.
I loved the pace of the book. It was like she was telling you about her life while you were sitting together at a dinner party. Filled with pictures of her loved ones, former bands and family, I recommend this memoir to anyone who has felt like they were different while growing up. Read it, play her music for your teenagers and give the book to your kids.
Peace and love.


My Goals and Wishes for 2011 Update

As posted earlier this year, here is my list of wishes with updates. Surprisingly, some have come close or a reasonable facsimile.

So here it goes:

1.Cure cancer or help someone do it. Enough hurting good people.

My dear sister has had the great news that she is clear once again.

2.Have Bryan Adams follow me on Twitter. If Ellen can get on an Oprah cover, maybe I can realize this dream.

I came close. He tweeted me and a friend. Year is not over .

3.Develop my dream book and get a publisher.

In October I will be having an essay published in a great book about Mothers and Daughters. More news to come soon.

4.Not cry when my oldest marches off to full-day kindergarten in September.

She is nervous. However with many friends in the neighborhood, she is bound to have a friend in class. It is the second week of summer break and she misses her friends.

5.To doubly, not cry when my youngest begins 3 year old pre-school in September.

With all the funding cuts, we are not sure if our youngest can go to preschool. With her social and language delays she would need a worker. As of now, she is not considered a high need. We are hoping for a chance. She loves school settings and would do well.

6.Actually enjoy my 38th birthday instead of wanting to skip the age my mom died.

More to come in October when my birthday arrives.

7.Make a Me time a priority every day even if it’s going to the bathroom alone.

Occasionally I have met that goal. Usually when I least expect it.

How are you on your wishes for this year? Any surprises?