Hello Readers – for Norm’s Thursday Doors this week (here) I have some doors surrounded by old bricks (all from Richmond, VA).
And to end this post – I have some art with the bricks and door –
This photo reminded me of Linkin Park’s song, In the End (here) – because the lady seems to be high a bit elevated – she is “in the air” – if you look closely you might see her feet are off the ground. When I downloaded and looked at this photo – weeks after I took it – it was right around the time Chester Bennington died (suicide here).
I grieved with the many fans and then soaked up the social media circle of remembrance and suicide prevention plugs that emerged (like Twitter’s Lifeline (@800273TALK) and then listened (on and off) to the many Linkin Park songs that played). I only know a few Linkin Park songs, but whew – a couple of them are masterpieces.
When my youngest son was little – like 7 – he made us all sit down while he sang and jammed to “In the end” – bah! It was so cute and we still remember him singing/jamming it. However, a little later that day, frustration ensued when we corrected him on his words. You see, he was singing “in the air” and we told him it was “in the end…” – but he was not hearing us. He was stubborn by insisting it was “in the air, it doesn’t even matter” – and we tried to reason with him.
Maybe it ruined the jammin’ – or the meaning (even though at any age we sometimes don’t even pay attention to the meaning of every lyric and so at that age age just enjoyed the beat and singing).
Anyhow, as the 2000’s moved on here at the Priorhouse – a few Linkin’ Park songs would make it to some CD’s – and those CD’s would linger in the cars as we all moved to digitally streaming music (where CDs became obsolete).
I remember one road trip – a few years later – maybe 2009 – driving in the hub’s truck – tossing in an old CD – and having five little tweens (my kids and their friends) – seatbelted in – and jammin’ (mouths moving) to a loud-playing In the End. It was fall so windows were down and as I looked through my rear view mirror – I could see those tweens “rock rappin” to In the End:
I don’t know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try,
Keep that in mind
I designed this rhyme,
To remind myself of a time when
I tried so hard
In spite of the way you were mocking me
Acting like I was part of your property
Remembering all the times you fought with me
I’m surprised it got so
the way they were before
You wouldn’t even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
But it all comes back to me in the end…”
my back seat is empty most of the time as older children do their thing.
But the memories are fresh and alive.
The essence of those many “years together” remains with me and in me (til’ the end – and it does matter) – so through photos, through warm recollections that fill the soul, and through hit songs that were integrated into our lives – I make the most of the next phase life brings my way.
RIP Chester, and to those of you reading – try to enjoy the day for what it has.
Remember – that YOU are needed – by many!
If you know anyone that needs help – here is the suicide prevention link with more info:
Ok- let’s part ways on a lighter note….
Have a great day and see you tomorrow with a FRIDAY FOOD post….
Author Update 9/10/17
Thanks to Christy B for sharing about how the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed September 10th to be annual World Suicide Prevention Day. The WHO sponsors this event with the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
Her Post is HERE: World Suicide Prevention Day: In a Minute You Can Change a Life by