Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Name that Tune! (Day 6)

The song that I would choose as a theme song for my life with Migraine is R.E.M's It's the End Of The World.

I find the video particularly morbid, but perhaps that's OK because of why I chose the song to begin with, as there's a story that goes along with the song.

I was in 5th grade, and Mom and I were driving home from my very first visit to my pediatric neurologist, and this song came on the radio. Mom got really mad for a reason I didn't get, and she demanded that I change the radio station to the classical station. Fine, whatever... but I'd never heard Mom talk like that.

Many years later, when the song came on the radio again, Mom confessed the reason that she had lost it that day was two fold:

The first reason was the chorus (and title) of the song: "it's the end of the world as we know it". Well, her young daughter was ill enough that she required a specialist to treat her.

The second reason was the real reason Mom had such a hard time with the chorus. Apparently as we were crossing from the parking garage to the hospital, we passed a mother and kid who were leaving. The kid was about my age, and was bald from chemotherapy. This was while a brain tumor was still on the table as a diagnosis, or at least something that needed to be ruled out.

So Mom was scared for me, as she actually understood all that could go wrong, and then that song came on the radio. So I say she's totally allowed to have a small freak out over hearing that saying broadcast at her over and over again.

The part I find slightly ironic is she missed the final lyric of the song:  ...and I feel fine.

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