It turns out that I have many things to share about music and high school. It was actually a glorious time in my life.
I didn’t want to bore anyone with my old diary entries, but I was laughing when I read them. I used to call myself JOF.
JOF stood for “Judy of the Future!” I guess when I wrote the things I did; I imagined that someday I might be reading them! It was fun to pick which pages to share, and I left things in that were embarrassing. However, because I am fifty and have the wisdom to find it funny – I’m enjoying the idea of sharing my progress to becoming a better human being.
One of my frailties as a young girl was that I was very fickle. I broke a few hearts along the way, and I do have regrets about that. I cringe while reading some of my diary entries!
Because there has been such a wellspring of sadness in my later life, I have chosen to spend a little time embracing the carefree, happier moments of my youth.
I was fortunate that I had those times.
A lot of the wonderful feelings that I remember about my younger, musical experiences has re-entered my adult life. Only a few short months ago, I could never have imagined that I would be taking singing lessons or playing my guitar again.
Today I played my guitar for my friend, Susan, when she stopped over. When I finished a song, she told me she was moved to tears.
Improving my singing ability has made me feel inspired.
Having music back in my life again – well, there just aren’t words for me to write about that.
On May 4, 2010, Frankie wrote:
It is really amazing to see this itinerary after all these years. Thanks so much for forwarding it. I guess I was a bit of a task mistress, wasn’t I?
On May 4, 2010, Judy wrote:
I had such a nice voice lesson, yesterday. I was able to sing openly and it felt amazing. The teacher stresses very much the care involved in keeping our voice healthy. You already knew that – way back when! I see it on the itinerary!
You were not a “task mistress,” at all. I think we performed so very well because we knew you held such high standards.
I am sharing because it brings back wonderful memories!
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