Yesterday was Thanksgiving, arguably the best holiday of the year if you live in the States, a time to put aside our differences and give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us. My kids were all home, sleeping under the same roof for the first time since the last holiday, always a bonus and enough to buoy me for weeks after.
The day felt like a living thank you note to the universe and I moved through it with a full heart, grateful for the many moments I often take for granted: the first sip of coffee; the gym where my daughter and I punched and kicked our way through an hour of body combat (not with each other — it was a group fitness class); to the healthy smoothies I made after the gym that didn’t even taste like they had spinach in them (!); to the food prep for 25, a mixed-media of friends, family, and significant others who chose to spend Thanksgiving with us, lining tables that spilled out from the dining room into the living room; to the lovely meal which I enjoyed slowly for a change, preferring conversation to running around and making sure everything was just so; to the lingering conversation after dinner over Proper No. Twelve (Conor McGregor’s new Irish Whiskey) while planning the venue for the next holiday (it’s good to think ahead); for the time spent in front of the fire with the kids, watching a movie; to the last moments before sleep, holding my husband’s hand in the dark, whispering words of gratitude for this often crazy, chaotic, confusing, often amazing and always on purpose life of ours.
All of which leads me to today’s #WATWB, a story about Koolulam, “a social musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society.” Their tagline is: Singing is Believing.
On June 14, 2018, Koolulam gathered 800 people — Christians, Jews, and Muslims, at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem. It was Eid al-Fitr, the last night of Ramadan, the Muslim month devoted to fasting and introspection. Tickets to participate in the event sold out in 7 minutes.
The singers were separated into sopranos, altos, and baritones; they started rehearsal at midnight and spent 45 minutes learning their parts to sing Bob Marley’s, “One Love.” By 3:30 a.m., they had completed five takes of the song.
Let’s get together and feel alright.
I dare you not to be moved by the finished product.
Today is the last Friday of the month, and I am sharing this good news story as part of the #WATWB — We Are the World Blogfest.
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pam lazos 11.29.19