As the pandemic continues around the world, I truly hope that you are well! ❤

During these trying times, I would like to continue sharing posts with you that I truly hope will brighten your day. ❤

(If you’d like to check out my earlier posts about songs that I hope bring you some joy during this  Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please see “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” “Handwashing Songs,”“Everything’s Not Awesome,” “Quarantine Song,” “Reflection,” “Captain Planet Theme Song,” “Fix You,”  “5,000 Candles in the Wind,” “Orchestra Medley,”  What the Word Needs Now is Love,” “Ordinary Man,”“I’ll Take You There,” “Catchy Songand “I Can See Clearly Now,” and “Sing.”)

When you were growing up do you remember who your closest friends were? Do you remember why those friends were so special to you?

When I was in the first grade, my parents bought a house in a different county, and I had to change schools in the middle of the school year.

That was so sad for me and really hard because I really liked my first grade teacher, and I really liked all the friends that I had at that school. 😦 I liked my small bedroom with the lambs on the walls, and I liked my small backyard that I would play in with my dog.

At my new house, I had a much bigger bedroom, and the yard was large and had a beautiful pond. Yet, it wasn’t the same. It was different.

On the first day of my new school, I remember being scared, shy, and really nervous. I didn’t know anything about the school, and I didn’t know any of the kids in my class. I felt like I didn’t belong there—until one of my classmates changed everything.

Her name was Shari. I had never met a Shari, and the only Shari I knew of was Frankie Valli and The Four Season’s  song “Sherry.” (I didn’t know it was spelled differently than her name when I was in the first grade. 😉 )



Sherry, Sherry babySherry, Sherry babySherry baby (sherry baby) baby (Sherry baby)Sherry can you come out tonight?(Come, come, come out tonight)Sherry baby (Sherry baby)Sherry can you come out tonight?

(Why don’t you come out, come out)
Come out to my twist party
(Come out) Where the bright lights shine
(Come out) We’ll dance the night away
I’m gonna make you mine

Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry can you come out tonight
(Come come, come out tonight)
(Come come, come out tonight)
You’d better ask your mama (Sherry baby)
Tell her everything is alright

(Why don’t you come out, come out)
With your red dress on
(Come out) Mmm. you look so fine
(Ccome out) Move it nice and easy
Girl, you make me lose my mind

Sherry baby (sherry baby) baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry can you come out tonight?
(Come, come, come out tonight)
(Come, come, come out tonight)

Sherry, Sherry baby
(Come, come, come out tonight)
Sherry, Sherry baby
(Come, come, come out tonight)

Shari was the first person that I became friends with at my new school. She was so kind, easy to talk to, and funny. She made me feel like I belonged.

I consider myself one of the “lucky ones” because my elementary school and middle school were in the same building. This meant that I got to see Shari every single school day, from first grade to eighth grade, and I count myself so lucky for that. ❤

Lucky for Shari, I regularly sang the chorus of “Sherry” to her when I saw her—that must have been great for her 😉 😀 (I really appreciate that my mom had on the oldies station a lot at my old house because I learned so many fabulous songs! ❤ )

Shari was so special to me—not just because of her amazing personality but because she was my rock. As you know, growing up can be hard, and she was always there for me. ❤

When I started writing songs and singing for my classmates in middle school (Check out “How Did it All Start?” , if you’d like to hear that story. 😉 ), Shari was one of my biggest supporters! She always encouraged me to pursue my passion for music. ❤

In addition to being able to see Shari every day at school, we lived close to one another, and I can’t tell you how many sleepovers we had! 😀 When I think back about all the great memories of time that I spent with her, I remember constant laughter, love, and absolute fun.

When you’re growing up, it can be hard to understand your truth—who you truly are. However, Shari always knew who I was and would remind me if I had forgotten. 😉

Shari and I had always said we would be BFFs, and I thought we would too.

Unfortunately, we started growing apart when we were in high school—thanks to not sharing the same classes, being involved in so many extracurricular activities, and trying to make sense of who I was. 😦 When we went to college, it became harder and harder to maintain our friendship as we went to different schools and lived further apart.

Life is full of change, and that is just a fact. Change can hurt, but change can also make your life better.

During this pandemic, I’ve really taken time to change my life in ways that have allowed me to live my truth, and these changes have given me opportunities to connect with AMAZING people who I had lost touch with over the years.

I am happy (and grateful!) to say that have I reconnected with Shari, and it has been INCREDIBLE. She’s even MORE AMAZING than I remember. ❤

Can you think of any people who were important to you that you have lost touch with? It’s never too late to reconnect with them. ❤

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