Third Time's The Charm


In my first post of today, I mentioned that things usually happen in threes.

Well, in my third post of today...


Speaking of the radio (from post #2), yeah, I turned the radio on while driving up to the cemetery. Hey, if the "cemetery experience" is fresh on my mind...gotta see what might happen!

Another friend of mine will cringe when I relate the name of the song that emerged from the dash..."In The Arms Of An Angel".

The "story" behind this song is that in the midst of my angst over the "first year" anniversaries of Julie's passing and burial, and my resulting pledge to be "positive and upbeat" from this day forth...I made a couple of posts relating the song "So Far Away".

Well, my aforementioned friend was NOT impressed...indicating rather bluntly that if I thought that "So Far Away" was "positive and upbeat", well, she sure didn't want to hear what I considered otherwise.

I quickly rose to that "challenge" with the lyrics, in fact, to "In The Arms Of An Angel"...


"In The Arms Of An Angel" - Lyrics
Artist - Sarah McLachlan
Album - Various Songs

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it ok
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction or a beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
Let me be empty and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of an Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don't make no difference, escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of an Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
In the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here


Her reaction? Let's just say that I proved my point...

Actually, "In The Arms Of An Angel" was NOT a spur of the moment choice. That song HAD been persistently in my head over the past few months.

BUT...at least some "good" came of it in the end.

Last Sunday, I had the TV on for a rare occasion (other than MSNBC at 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann.) A commercial came on...with "In The Arms Of An Angel" as the background music. Singer Sarah McLachlan was making a pitch for the ASPCA (American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)...complete with pictures of kittens and puppies, along with a real, live cat and dog.

Well, heck...

Since I had one friend who was in the process of acquiring a new puppy that very day and another friend who has a relatively new puppy who has befriended this "old CAT" and another friend who has "rescued" a blind dog and I am a former "owner" of cats and, well, I think you see where I'm going with this...

(Julie used to laugh at me all the time about my "former cats". In our courting years, she found out about my "cat fancy" and asked me about the names of my cats. Well, it just so happens that ALL of them were "tom cats" and most of them, in fact, were named "Tom". I thought it was purrfectly "normal", but she wouldn't let up...citing "Tom the Twenty-Third" and such! Whatever...)

"Ronnie" does NOT...EVER...respond to TV commercials asking for support...for a handout. It's not that I don't care...I just don't trust the organizations to put the money where it is needed.

However, play the right tune and I will pay the piper!

YEP...I signed up to be a monthly donor to ASPCA. I'm supposed to get a T-shirt to prove it...in 4 to 6 weeks.

Now THAT is positive and upbeat...


Okay...enough already!

Y'all need to leave me alone so that I can read my book...