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Saturday, February 6, 2021
In the fall of 2000, my mom passed
away.I needed a change in life
following that, and all the issues that came along with it.
Everything was at a crossroads.
The first week of February 2001 I was driving with everything I owned, my two
cats, and first wife to Florida.
I was ready for a change.And I knew
Florida was just temporary from day one of the decision.But it was a breath of fresh air to go.And to be away for a while.
And it was a risk.Didn’t know anyone
around.Had to start fresh.Which was what I wanted but also a little
This crossroads was critical, and I didn’t even know how much.I was 26 by the time I finished unpacking in
the middle of February.
I’m not a big fan of the band U2.I’m
not saying I don’t like them.I just
never really got into their music.A few
songs are awesome, for me.Like “One”
and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” and a few others are awesome.But never was a guy who ran out to buy their albums.In
the fall of 2000, they released “All That You Can't Leave Behind”.About a month after my mom passed.I didn’t think much of the album, or it’s lead single “Beautiful Day”.I was working at Borders in Farmington CT when
it came out, in the music department.I
do remember stocking the CD, and a lot of people buying it.
And now in February 2001 I’m working in Borders in Tampa.And it’s still selling.
I never found a radio station I really loved down there.So, I was always playing tapes and CDs in the
After about a month down there I wasn’t feeling the joy I was hoping
for.I was doing well, and my mind was
at peace with a lot of what led me to want to get away.But I wasn’t inspired.I wasn’t excited.I was still stuck at that crossroad in my
So I’m driving home from work on a early spring afternoon.
Most days, weather-wise, just blend together after a while.Even in the short time I had been there so
far. It was raining.Hard.
I got off the highway and made a turn to a main drag of road and the clouds all
blew away.Sun started shining like
I remember vividly ejecting the tape I was playing and dial flipping on the
radio, just to hear something different.
And the opening notes of “Beautiful Day” starts playing…
And I smiled.
I was a beautiful day.And all was going
to be OK.And I paid attention to the
lyrics for the first time really.And I
felt relief.I felt a weight lifted and
pressure off me.
And I felt good.
My foot pushed the as pedal a little harder and I kept smiling.
And today.Today I find myself
at another crossroad. And I'm not exactly happy about it. And I don't have to be. It is what it is. And I know I'll pull through. I know I'll be OK. I have to be. I can't go back to being that angry young man I was. I'm stronger now. Today, exactly 20 years
to the day I pulled out of my driveway in Elmwood the day after a
blizzard to move to Florida.