Billy Joel


Our family listens to a lot of Billy Joel. Corey has always loved him and Kelly got into him after Corey bought her a ticket to see him in concert at Madison Square Garden when she and her best friend Megan were visiting him on spring break while he was at NYU. And then Mark and I started listening to him when we went with Kelly, Corey and Megan to see he and Elton John perform together at Wrigley Field in Chicago a few summers ago.

Anyway, the reason I mention Billy Joel is because when Corey got home last month he said he was listening to a song on his flight to Chicago and a particular lyric stuck out to him in reference to what’s been going on in our lives recently.

The words are from “Keeping the Faith” and they go like this:

“‘Cause the good ole days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”

As this illness progresses I think that’s a good thing to remember. So far, none of my tomorrows have been as bad as I thought they’d be when I was first diagnosed because every single day somebody reaches out with a thoughtful phone call or sends a card or drops by with a kind word or a hug.

When the kids were little and they didn’t want to get up and go to school, I would always tell them, “You’ll be fine once you get there.”

I’m starting to believe that myself.

3 thoughts on “Billy Joel

  1. Thanks for keeping the blog going.
    Just finished up the Turk Open for ALS at Westwind golf club in muskegon last weekend. Our 19th annual/11themorial which had been previously held at West Ottawa golf club in Holland. Please take advantage of the funds raised from the outing. We send most of the funds raised to respite care of the West MI chapter in GR

  2. Rosemary I cannot imagine the changes that you are enduring. But you my dear are handling this disease with so much grace and dignity…..I pray for you daily….I admire your strength and candor while expressing yourself in your blogs…..You’re an inspiration to us all…….keep putting your best forward….God Bless Ya Girlie! Hugs :)

  3. Rosemary, your reference to getting the children up for school reminded me of when Corey was younger and was hesitant unless Amanda went too. :-)

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