Thursday, April 29, 2010

Memory Ride

Today I finished my last class of the semester and the last of six tests I took within a week's time. Needless to say, I had a little bit of a "freedom" feeling as I got in my car to head home this afternoon. We do have exams next week, but I'm willing to enjoy the fact that I'm at least done with class (For a week =( -- we start OB/PEDS clinicals the Monday after exams!). I got in my car, rolled the windows down to enjoy this beautiful day, listened to just about every sing-along song I've ever loved, and belted each tune out like I had learned it yesterday. It was a exhilarating. And those songs are full of memories.

I'll never forget. One time when I was in elementary school, on the last day of the school year the ride home on the bus was like a party! Our bus driver was so strict, but on the last day of school and the last day before holidays, she would bring us candy and cokes to drink on the bus on the way home. Food was not normally allowed on the bus. Nothing was allowed on the bus -- not even talking sometimes. Miss Durly ran a tight ship. I remember many days when we were not allowed to talk all the way to school because someone got in trouble or we were too loud. Anyway... on this day, the "big" kids were playing and singing "We're Not Gonna Take It" as loud as possible in the back of the bus. (Had to have been the 80's, right?) I don't think I really knew the song, but the feeling of "freedom" was still there for me... we're done for the summer

So many songs have specific memories for me... like the Clint Black song "State of Mind." "Ain't it funny how a melody can bring back a memory..." which, by the way, reminds me of my church youth group friends and an indescribably awesome guy who passed away after a four-wheeler accident when we were in high school. We listened to that song over and over after Tucker died. Riding home today I found myself scrolling through my ipod. With each song I chose, I thought of an experience or friend with whom I'd sung that song. I had not done that in a long time, and it sure was fun. There are so many memories tucked away in my ipod's playlists!

Do you have song memories?