This song is one that my friends and I have heard often over the last eleven years. Eleven years, because that's how long it's been since my friend Quazie passed away. You may have heard or read where I've mentioned Quazie now and then, but if not I'll catch you up quickly. Quazie was a name we called my friend Ryan King back in our school days. Today marks eleven years since he passed suddenly from an inflammation of the heart due to an allergic reaction...nobody knew it was coming and it took my friend out of nowhere. We were shocked and saddened and his friends and family grieved that loss tremendously. At Quazie's services back when we were just sixteen, you could hear this song playing and it was perfectly suited for who he was. Still just listening to it brings me back to that day.
This morning Quazie's mother posted on Facebook about eleven years having gone by and I responded by simply writing, "Til the day we meet again, in my heart is where I'll keep you friend. Love ya! xo" because she and any others who know the weight of this song will realize those lyrics when they see them. Now I wouldn't normally share those personal sentiments so blatantly like I just did...but there's more. As I sat at home today, I kept finding myself reminiscing about my friend. It's been a sad day and I decided to sit down at the computer and look up an old video of that song, 'Missing You'. After I played it a few times, I decided to bury my tears in some cookies. As I started to bake I planned to deliver these cookies to Quazie's family as a secret little 'thinking of you' gift to leave at their door. (which isn't a secret anymore I realize, but this story serves a better purpose than the secret) After I finished baking, I packed them up with a baby blue ribbon - Quazie's signature color, you could say. Then I signed on to my Facebook, and posted this...
"Til the day we meet again, in my heart is where I'll keep you friend"
Nap time ended and I loaded my munchkins into the car to head out for our special delivery. As I'm driving towards their home and explaining to the boys where we're going, Owen says, "Hey Ma, can we get some kids music in hea?" ..."Not right now Owen, let Mama listen to some music." And I turned on the radio to the new 'throwback' station I've been hooked on. A commercial finishes up and then.... 'Missing You' begins to play. My mouth fell to the floor. Really? Right here, right now, this song??? I couldn't figure out whether to laugh or cry, so I did both. I listened to that song as I laughed and cried all the way to Quazie's families home. Yes, that just happened. If you ask me, someone was looking down on me today and wanted me to know it. And because that moment turned my 'sad day' a whole lot less sad, I thought I'd share it with you and maybe it'll do the same.
"Til the day we meet again...in my heart is where I'll keep you friend"