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My mom loved Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia.” It was one of the few songs I didn’t mind her playing over and over.

I’m shopping now. “Cecilia” just came on over the store’s loudspeakers.

I didn’t even realize I was singing along until I heard someone else singing with me.

I looked around, bemused. I didn’t see anyone.

A lady about my age emerged from between nearby aisles with two young kids in tow. She also looked bemused, until we locked eyes and beamed at each other.

She went her way, still humming along. I went mine, smiling but with tears in my eyes.

I wonder if the lady used to sing “Cecilia” with her own mom, and if that’s a little bit of her mom she carries with her.

I don’t know, but oh, how sweet to feel it all.

  1. April 18, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I hardly ever comment, but today I just wanted to share with you that I read all of your posts, and I love all of them. This one today just gave me happy tears. Big ol’ crocodile happy tears. Also, thanks for the ear worm. I love that song! Hugs!

    • April 18, 2015 at 10:58 am

      I am so glad you shared this. I miss your blog but don’t miss a chance to connect with you today. I am grateful to think of you, and to be reminded of the lovely Christine still in my life. ♡

  2. April 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    just proves again that we are all connected!!

    • April 18, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      That’s exactly how it felt … and it’s a feeling that persists!

      • April 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

        I feel such a strong connection to so many people now, it is a growing trend and one that I hope continues!!! much love and light to you!! Michelle

  3. April 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Don’t comment much either but had to tell you that song was one of my very favorites. My cousin Kay would let me and her little sister Elaine tag along sometimes and how I love remembering her singing that.

    • April 18, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      I love hearing your history with the song, and wondering how many different memories have been woven around it worldwide!

  4. NotAPunkRocker
    April 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    What a beautiful thought ❤

  5. April 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    When the words are over music starts playing. Lucky the ones who were feeding with love and music.

  6. April 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Beautiful. And a song I remember well too. Celebrating your mama through song is such a lovely thing to do.

    • April 18, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      I feel her in music more than just about anything else. It reminds me to play music with my boys sometimes, though as an introvert I favor quiet. I want them to be able to find me with music when they can no longer find me with their arms.

  7. April 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    What a blessing that was!

  8. April 18, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Music is a wonder in its power to connect.
    Music and singing generally, has an extraordinary sensory capacity that exists right up there with smell, taste and feel.
    To hear ‘Cecilia’ would have not only been a delight for the senses but a sign of the greatness of two wonderful artists in Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
    May we all have music as our friend, party buddy and saviour.
    Great memories Deborah. B

    • April 20, 2015 at 4:18 am

      How perfectly you describe it! Music was such a profound part of my grieving as I listened over and over again to the tunes my siblings and I selected for Mom’s memorial that it’s sweet to see how profoundly–and happily–it impacts me now. Evem typing this reminds me of standing in Washington, D.C. on my first shared birthday without her and reveling in the wonder of getting to hear, live, if only for a moment, Cat Stevens. My dear friend hugged me as I cried, from wonder more than sadness, at the magic and love bound up with music. This moment in the store felt like another joyous lesson.

  9. April 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I love the fact that you sing along to supermarket music. I do it too… 🙂

    • April 20, 2015 at 4:20 am

      In the car, I find myself singing to every song for which I know any words. (My brother says there’s a special hell.) I try to keep quieter at the store (to improve everyone else’s experiences), but I know it bubbles up with my favorites. Like “The Leader of the Band.” How could I hope to keep it in?!

      • April 20, 2015 at 7:35 am

        I do the same thing – it used to drive my daughter nuts when she was a kid! In fact singing in the car is the best way to stay awake during a long drive; I haven’t always had a car radio, but no problem – I just run through my repertoire. My Mom and Grandmother were the same – the key difference being that they both really could sing…:)

  10. April 18, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    What a cool moment to share! I like that song, too. I’m probably about the same age as your mom would be, Deb – 55?

    • April 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      You are pretty darn close in age! She would’ve been 57 right now, and probably still singing along. 🙂

  11. April 19, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I saw an unfamiliar employee at my workplace, in the hallway, singing and tapping his foot and snapping his fingers to an early Phil Collins song. He had stopped dead in the hallway to groove. I had been singing along as I walked and I laughed in delight to see him enjoying the music so much.

    • April 20, 2015 at 4:25 am

      Thank you for the opportunity to laugh along with you! And, indeed, I am chuckling.

      I hope I someday witness a moment like this. 😀

  12. April 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    There is something in the DNA of the song. It just does that to us. I don’t have the sweet association myself, but it reminds me of youth, of college dance parties, late nights, sweat, freedom, friendship, thankfulness.

    I think it is a song that makes us connect at a subconscious level: something innately human and natural.

    • April 20, 2015 at 4:27 am

      You describe it so perfectly! I tried to think of another song that has that same pull on me, but … it stands alone among songs I know. There are others I cherish, to be sure, but always in different ways.

      • April 20, 2015 at 5:35 am

        Melody and lyrics are perfect for the uplifting sing-along. But with the seriousness of adulthood. A truly perfect song.

  13. April 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

    One of my favourites as well. For so long that I can’t actually remember when it first took on that role. And I know a Cecelia who has broken my heart once or twice … she has been one of my best friends for over 30 years.

    I am heartened by the fact that piped-in “muzak” has gotten infinitely better over the past few years, allowing me to sing and dance my way through almost every shopping experience. Perhaps technology *is* good for humanity. 🙂

  14. jottlings
    May 10, 2015 at 6:24 am

    My mom had that record : ).

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