Sometimes it’s necessary to find ways of relaxing when feeling the ordinary stresses that life brings upon us. Although a new year has only just begun, there are those moments when I must turn to the only thing that helps me to relax, almost instantly… music. Those moments occur most often when there’s no visible progress of something that I’ve been attempting to do for a while. Instead of crying and pulling my hair out, I turn to music. Something about the sound and beat of music that just resonate through me, relaxing my nerves and allowing me to release unwanted tension and stress.
Approaching the end of the year involves celebrating two major holidays that involve a lot of eating; Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. I have always considered Thanksgiving the holiday that focuses more on families coming together to celebrate through feasting. Throughout many centuries, it has become the norm for families to celebrate Thanksgiving Day by feasting on a baked or roasted turkey, served with dressing and all the fixings. No one really knows when or how turkey became the traditional meat for Thanksgiving holiday. But there is speculation that years ago many believed that serving the biggest bird, turkey, meant that that person was wealthy. I find it interesting to have learned that turkeys are called “turkey” because they are supplied to England from America, through a country called Turkey.
It’s a fact that children are born into either a single family or two parent home. Unfortunately, some children, born to single parents, never get a chance to meet their noncustodial parent because he or she decides parenthood is not a responsibility worth taking. This is a common situation experienced by children of different races and ethnicities, not just one specific race. Under the circumstances, this is sad and disappointing since it can prevent siblings from meeting each other and establishing a connection.
They come into our lives when we least expect them and yet, at the right time. Friends are those people who we meet and make an important part of our lives. Some friendships last a lifetime, and some don’t. Prior to my first day of school, my parents would often prepare me for that life-changing event by telling me that I would meet other children and make friends. The word friend stuck in my mind until my first day of school began. As a child, I would wonder what or who are friends. Is this a group of people that would help me adapt to being away from my mother? Is this the name people would soon use to refer to me, instead of student? To say that I was curious to learn about friends is an understatement. I was, more, or less, eager to see if I would make friends!
ARETHA FRANKLIN—QUEEN OF SOUL!
I must admit that music has always been a very interesting topic for me. Growing up listening to different styles of music taught me to appreciate the different genres used by the solo singers and groups. There are few singing groups of the 1970s through 1990s, who were blessed to have recorded at least one album, that I haven’t heard of. At one point in my life, I listened to different genres of music daily. From the Jacksons to Jefferson Starship to Destiny’s Child and many more, I enjoy and appreciate the difference in their style of singing and music. There is an instant connection between music and me because I appreciate differences.