Hail, Mary, full of grace...

Trip Start Oct 06, 2010
Trip End Oct 11, 2010

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Driving home tonight from the rehearsal dinner at The Bijou, I hit "seek" on the car radio. Landing on a station, I'm transported back in time. It's 1972, the AM radio is on playing rock music--until the top of the hour... "Hail, Mary, full of grace," the nuns chant, "The Lord is with you; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, Amen." 

New York in the 60s/70s was an intensely Roman Catholic state. While I attended public school and the Baptist church, I (along with the other protestant kids) knew what CCD was, why we eat fish on Fridays, and could recite both the "Our Father" and "Hail Mary". And one of our local AM radio stations was apparently owned by Catholics, because at the top of every hour, the Hail Mary was played. Times have changed, but as it's said, "the more things change, the more they stay the same." Like tonight when the seek button landed on a local radio station reciting, as though uniting past and present, the Hail Mary. I grabbed my cell phone and hit "record video" -- if I can figure out how to upload it to this entry, turn the volume up to hear it. The only noticeable change is that it is no longer a choir of nuns chanting but rather a soft-spoken man and woman with mood music in the background.

But I digress (per usual). The Bijou -- what fun!! Took Elmwood Avenue downtown, which meant I drove past a lot of familiar territory (one of my apartments was near Buff State on Elmwood). Was so wonderful to see relatives from Michael's family and to meet some of Dawn's relatives & friends... and of course it was awesome to hug on my BFF Starla, her hubby, daughter, grandkids... just so awesome, I'm beyond words. This is what it is to have lifelong friendship. When Star and I were young moms, I remember hoping that one day we would attend each other's children's weddings... Star & Bob attended Crystal's wedding held in Tennessee; I attended her daughter Laura Jean's wedding in Virginia; and now I am attending son Michael's in Buffalo... This is the fruit of committed friendship, a loyalty that has been forged through storms and sunshine. Tonight I am reminded, my cup is not only full, but over-flowing!
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