30 Days of Song: Day 6


I thought I’d hit “publish” on this yesterday. Sheesh.

Day 06: a song that reminds you of your BFF.

For my older readers, “BFF” is youthspeak for “Best Friend Forever.” While I have a few long-term friends, only one person on Earth truly qualifies for the BFF title — my only brother.

He’s just a couple of years younger, so we essentially grew up together. Even though I teased him mercilessly (because he was so easy to provoke), we remained close friends and almost never fought the way some siblings do. During our frequent moves during our boyhood years, we sort of had to hold to each other as a steady constant. We even attended the same college.

Adulthood has been an adjustment since, unlike me, he has never really returned home. He’s always had a healthy dose of wanderlust; I’ve resigned myself to the fact that he’ll probably always be an average of 1,000 miles away. Indeed, I know he’s happiest and most fulfilled that way and wouldn’t have it otherwise.

But when he’s home, I love the familiar sight of him from behind plugging away at some project on his computer in his old bedroom. And, unlike myself, who likes to put an iTunes playlist completely on random, my brother prefers to play a select few songs daily.

During one of his more recent visits, he’d listen to “1,000 Oceans” by Tori Amos ALL THE TIME. So of course, I can’t hear it without thinking of him.

To echo some of the song’s lyrics: I could never, would never keep him from flying. And most of the time, I don’t cry a bit, much less a thousand oceans. But once in a while …like today(:))…I just want to sail him home.


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