Music can take me places. I’m sure you know how that is. You’re minding your own business and suddenly a song comes on that you haven’t heard in ages and then suddenly you are transported. You’re completely removed from the present to a different time and place, a world ago, a lifetime ago. You can smell the smells, feel the feelings and suddenly you are awash in memories like you never left that time or place. Music transports you. It transport me. I was just transported.
I have music all over my house. I have a small house and don’t have a surround sound, piped in, fancy system like some have. I do like to “feel” my music. Even as I write this, I have my little 5 CD changer in the kitchen (I have one in nearly every room) turned up to some ghastly number on the volume dial. I can feel the reverberations. But, today, a particular song transported me, and it just came on again and it’s transporting me…again.
The time was not so long ago. About this time last year, if my memory serves me well. The song is K.T. Tunstall’s “Heal Over”. The events in my life at that time were best described by Charles Dickens in his famous book, “A Tale of Two Cities”. For me…that time of my life was truly, “the best of times, it was the worst of times”. I’d left my second husband for the final time. Divorce proceedings were in process. It was going to happen. As a person who walked into marriage the first time with the high fairy tale hopes of “till death do us part”, having to end a second marriage was a devastating blow. I was in the midst of dealing with that reality and moving back into a house that my ex and his 7 children had just vacated. And when I mean vacated, I mean vacated. They took with them things I will be paying for, for many years to come. Things that were purchased at Christmases and birthdays for my children, not his. And I was left with a house that was little more than a wreck. (No, I’m not bitter or anything. LOL!) I was embroiled in a battle that had every potential to get very ugly and I was very scared. It was very possible that I could end up homeless and in debt and, because I had no way to provide for my children, I was afraid I might lose them. It was the worst of times.
But…it was also the very best of times. While I was out of my house because I had to leave under police escort to protect myself against a volatile spouse and get what I could in the 20 minutes they allow, I was able to see and experience the goodness and love of friends that I might never have otherwise experienced or known. I had friends offer me their travel trailer so my youngest and I would have a place to stay for a month while we finished out the school year. I had other friends offer me a housesitting job while they went vacationing. That got me through the month, and to the court hearing where I was awarded the house and full custody of my youngest daughter. And in the background of all of this, K.T. Tunstall’s song, “Heal Over” was playing. Playing. Playing. Reminding me of what my mother always used to tell me, “This, too, shall pass.” And…it did.
I ended up being awarded my house, my ex disappeared rather than creating a crazy scene, I did get all the marital debt but I have my home and don’t have to move four kids out to a rental and worry when I will get 30 days notice so they can put the house up on the market. I’m safe. My children are safe and all the fears I had at this time last year have dissipated into nothingness. But that song, that particular song, takes me back. It takes me back to a time of uncertainty and transition. It takes me back to a painfully difficult time of learning to parent on my own, and of learning what it means to be a homeowner. It takes me back to hot, sweaty days of having to repaint, repair, clean out, fumigate, and scrub, scrub, scrub every surface and cabinet to make my home clean and liveable for my kids and I. I takes me back to spending a month trying to figure out how to clean out a pool, finally having to drain it completely and start over. It takes me back to days, when filled with fear and uncertainty myself, I had to be strong and hopeful and positive for my children. It takes me back to days, where we pulled together, attempted things we didn’t possibly think we could handle in a million years, and we did more than just handle them and we did them well!
That song takes me back. Heal over? You bet I’ll heal over. Make no mistake about it.
It was the best of times and the worst of times but, funny thing, all I have are good memories.