This past weekend I played in Atlantic City. I played there a lot this past summer and I have met some interesting people. This past weekend I came across a bunch of women (4 to be exact) who were there mainly to help one of their own. A lady by the name of Angel needed to get out to forget about the recent death of her sister. She was only 33 when she died. For some reason these women came up to me to tell me how much they enjoyed the band. That happens a lot, but for this moment Angel mentioned to me that she had just lost her sister and she was trying to cope with that. I simply told her that everyone has an expiration date and that her sister made the most of her life here. I asked her what her sister would want if she could speak to her right now. She said that her sister would want her to enjoy the rest of her life. I told her that in memory and dedication to her sister that is exactly what she ought to do. She then informed me that she loved her sister so much that she can’t enjoy life that easily. I told her that the first thing she needed to do was put the word “can’t” out of her vocabulary. Every time we say the word “can’t” we automatically limit ourselves to any accomplishments. I told her that her life is by no means over and that she needed to have fun for herself as well as her sister. The best way to pay homage to her sister was to enjoy the rest of her life without her. I told her what I thought she needed to hear. She started crying and I told her to let it all out and get back to living life. I told her that she had good friends who care about her and that she needed to listen to them. Her friends heard the conversation and started giving me high fives. Two of them thanked me afterwards and told me that I said exactly what she needed to hear. We all go through different moments in our lives. Some of those moments can be tragic. That is when we need each other to help out. I was glad to be there for this woman. I told her that with all the people that were in attendance there was a reason why she ended up talking to me. Her and her friends agreed. They said that at some point they would come back to see me, and they hope I remember them. Under most circumstances I probably would not, but with her story I think I will. This was one of those special memories that I should never forget. I wish Angel and her friends the best, and I hope what I said made a difference. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jean Carn in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar