Sunday morning I played at church. I usually do this ‘every’ Sunday morning starting at 7:30 am (and I usually do 2 services which don’t finish until at least 2 pm). I have been doing this for years. As a successful musician, I have experienced a lot of things. Nothing much really bothers me, because I have literally seen it all. However, yesterday was something different. During my break I went to Dunkin Doughnuts like I usually do. Upon return back to the church I witnessed a women coming out the front door. People come into and leave the church all the time. No big deal. This time the woman looked directly at me and pulled down her top. This was done right outside the church door. She had no bra on either. Please keep in mind that as a musician I have seen ‘a lot.’ I have been flashed, propositioned and groped, but this was the first time I ‘ever’ saw a woman do this while coming out of the church. I told the people inside about this. They knew who the lady was. While she was outside she began ranting to no one in particular. She seemed very confused while talking crazy. She even mentioned something about rape. I had no intentions of getting anywhere close to her. In fact, I kept my distance because all she had to do was make an accusation and I could have been in trouble. With all the crazy stuff that is going on in the world now (with viruses and stuff) I think it will only be a matter of time before we all encounter more crazy people like this. It only take a small alteration of our lives to throw us off balance. Imagine how your life would be if the water supplies were shut off. You would not be able to wash your hands, take a shower, use the restroom or anything like that. It may be difficult to imagine now, but if that happened it could have a major effect on you. People asked me what my reaction was to the lady. I simply said that she was troubled and she actually needed to be in church. With her behavior I am not sure of how the church would have handled her though. We all need to understand that world circumstances are changing a lot of us right now. Opportunities are being cancelled and our standard of living is being challenged. As crazy as this lady seemed, I think this is only the beginning of what is to come. How long can we shut down the world economy? These next few weeks will probably say a lot. Let’s hope, lets unite, and let’s pray for a better outcome. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Aretha Franklin with Brett Jolly on bass guitar