The time has come to confess one’s youthful misdeeds.
It was an unintentional mistake, but those who create stories and songs may find it difficult to forgive. This writer committed the unpardonable sin of omission throughout a good portion of her life.
Reading has been this lady’s passion almost since she slipped out of the womb. Good thing a book was not clutched firmly in the baby’s hands at the time because our mother would have felt the extra non-baby shaped pressure. She would also have recounted the pain of that birth a few million times over the years.
As soon as library cards were in her grasp, this female child marched out of the public library with a stack of books taller than her little head. Within a few days, she returned the devoured books to get a fresh pile of tomes. It came a no surprise to the librarians or her parents when she won the most books read during one summer award.
She loved fairy tales, science fiction and a few more adult-themed books her parents never saw. Curiously enough, she still loves fairy tales and owns a collection from all over the world. Science fiction still stokes her imagination with human possibilities. Of course, the adult books have taken front and center in her choice du jour.
Now, she no longer has to hide the more steamy books because she owns a Kindle. The truth is, she burned out the third Kindle and is in recent possession of Kindle number 4. Those unfortunate gadgets did not hold up well under her continues reading marathons.
The sin of omission related to books is she never paid attention to the names of authors. (When you consider Liz Cowan is an author, the negligent offense chips at her author’s soul. To all our author readers, we humbly apologize for the heartless behavior of youth.)
“Lucky Starr” was the name of one particular science fiction series she enjoyed. Imagine her surprise when she discovered the author was one whose books she now loves as an adult — Isaac Asimov. It truly is a small world, considering the same author kept her entertained as a child and an adult.
The second sin of omission relates to the music world. Her careless treatment of musicians is close to an unpardonable offense when you consider the many fun-filled years this writer worked as a radio disk jockey.
Although she grew up in a household predominantly permeated with classical music, her tastes evolved to encompass more than Mozart or Chopin.
Of all the groups she loved the most, The Beatles were and still are numero uno in her music-loving heart. She did not succumb to the screaming level Beatles fans have done, but she vividly recalls watching them on The Ed Sullivan Show on black and white television.
She loved the music of other singers and groups as well, but no other singing group or band filled her with as much joy as the music of the Fab Four.
Bands and groups have come and gone. Some managed to continue entertaining the fans with outstanding music for years. Although the music of the 70s and 80s had this writer tapping her toes and humming alone, somewhere along the way she stopped paying attention to the names of those musicians.
Fast forward to the present, and this lady keeps the radios in her home and her car tuned to the olden goldies. Or as some prefer to call them the golden oldies of the 60s and 80s. The satellite radio in her Lexus Lite (aka Toyota Avalon) has a channel dedicated to The Beatles.
Rediscovering songs she loved in the past is fun. But the most significant revelation was putting different groups’ name to those songs.
For example, The Rolling Stones have always been low on the totem pole of groups she liked. Imagine her surprise when she realized many of her favorite songs are by the Stones.
What do you do when faced with a love-hate situation? You dance around in your kitchen or wriggle in the seat of the Lexus Lite and enjoy the music.