I don't know why it never occurred to me to ask him what the name of the song was.
December 2012 area.... some time around then, I was putting together a play list for the wedding, and was looking for first dance songs. I found the one, and then went off on a tangent just listening to the band over and over again. And I came upon a song. It was the song my dad had played as a young girl.
I realized then that it was the same band that played a song on a CD of mine that got played so much I'm pretty sure there's a groove in the CD from it getting replayed.
What's more, in high school, Julie, a woman who is like unto a sister for me, introduced me to a song of theirs about a girl. She was going to name her daughter after that girl, but it didn't work well with what her last name is currently. She's having a baby girl in a short amount of time, by the way! Congrats, Julie! I decided I'd probably have to name my baby girl that some day.
I made another connection with this band. They played a song that Joseph played on the guitar one fine day in early July.... and I listened to him play it and realized that I loved him. That night I told Brittany about the day, how he played that song and I realized that I loved him... she told him I had to marry him, and I said I would.
And while looking for first dance songs, they played the song which we will play for our first dance as a married couple.
The band made a difference.
The band is The Beatles.
The song my dad played was "With A Little Help From My Friends", the song I played over and over was, of course, what would be a child's favorite song, "Octopus's Garden", the song about the girl, "Eleanor Rigby", the song Joseph played was "Blackbird", and the song which will play at our wedding, "In My Life."
A beautiful song.
Of all these friends and lovers,
There is no one compares with you.
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new.
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before.
I know I'll often stop and think about them.
In my life, I love you more.
There's just one thing I want out of this life. I want to make a difference. I want kids to remember me. It makes me so sad to think that the kids in my class who now run up to me when I walk in the room shouting "Miss Lara! Miss Lara! Miss Lara!" or who fall and run into my arms crying, or who sometimes just give me a hug just because.... it makes me sad to think they won't remember me. I'll be another teacher and that center their parents dropped them off at for 10 hours a day.
One day I asked them if they knew anything about The Beatles. They didn't.
If I could teach them about The Beatles, they'll remember the girl who introduced them to one of the most Legen (wait for it) dary bands ever....
So I begun. I'd sing to them "In My Life." I'd sing "Hello, Goodbye", I'd sing "Lady Madonna".... but nothing.
"Miss Lara, sing us a song!"
"Ok friends, remember that band I've been telling you about? They sing a song called Eleanor Rigb-"
"I'M A LITTLE TEA POT SHORT AND STOUT!!!!"
I was losing hope until yesterday.
When I used an idea given to me a few days ago by a friend. Octopus's Garden. Of course. They'd remember that one. It's about an OCTOPUS. It's about visiting an Octopus! They've gotta remember that one!
I started humming it, and a few curious looks shot my way.
Humming turned to singing.
And the kids remember singing.
It was a wonderful day indeed when I left the classroom a noisy mess to catch my bus, but on my way out, a child sat on the pillows by the door with a book singing very quietly, "I like to be... under the sea...."