Sometimes, the universe works in harmony to make good things
happen. And when there is a flow of events that lead to such a good thing, you
just know that it was meant to be. This is a story of harmony, positivity, and
love in my current scary, icky, and sad health situation. Sometimes life just feels
overwhelmingly terrible, but not in this story, thanks to a whole lot of people.
It all started in June, on the first day of summer. To welcome the long-awaited season, friends Mindi and Tom invited me to join them and their daughter at the Silo Solstice celebration. It was a lovely afternoon where the kids played and the adults sat at a picnic table sipping yummy Vermont cocktails and catching up on life’s details. To my surprise, another favorite family of mine came along and joined us. It was especially nice to see them, as they were in the process of moving “west of the Greens.”
Before their move became a reality, Anna had bought tickets for her and Rob to go to see Michael Franti and Spearhead – a band I’ve always intended to see and have never managed to get to – the following day. Rob now had to get back to his work on the other side of the state and could not go. Additionally, Anna had an early flight to get to the morning after the show and didn’t feel up to going alone and then making the drive to the airport (if you’re not from around here, you might not know that we have a plethora of airport options, but they are all at least 90 minutes away). As we chatted, it became clear that I was an excellent candidate to join her at the Franti show! She invited me; I gratefully accepted; a plan was made.
If you’ve never seen him live, and you are a fan of positivity and happiness, I strongly urge you to make a point of going to a show sometime. There truly is nothing like it. At one point, there was a picture of the sun on the giant screen, huge yellow balloons floating around the theater, and kids from the audience invited up to the stage to dance and sing with him. One of his most well-known songs, “The Sound of Sunshine” took on a life of its own.
Michael Franti and kids from the audience celebrating the "Sound Of Sunshine"
Later, he took the mood –
but not the spirit of love – down a notch as he spoke of a friend fighting
cancer. It was obviously a moment I connected deeply with, after a full year spent fighting colon cancer. With tears in
my eyes, I listened as he told us of the charity that he and his wife were
inspired to start as they watched their friend fight the battle of his life.
Believing deeply in the healing and energizing power of music, they established
the Do It For The Love Foundation.
He explained that DIFTL was created to grant live-music wishes to people of all ages with life-threatening illnesses. And I thought to myself, “Hey, I have a life-threatening illness!” I went home and asked my friend Nikki to nominate me and take me to the concert of my choice. Nikki, being Nikki, got it done and approved within two weeks. The next step was to have my oncologist sign a paper stating that, yes, I am indeed terminal. This was no problem…unfortunately. Step three: fill out the paper stating who I wanted to see and how many tickets (up to 4) I would need.
A couple of weeks later, FedEx dropped off an envelope, and all of a sudden, we were going to see Lady Gaga. Squeeee!
(to be continued...)