MY DAY: Walk on with hope in your heart…

While growing up, Mother kept a lot of music in the house, and a good deal was from her own youth.  One spiral bound booklet was filled with choral music from the 1959 Madison County (Indiana) Choral Festival.  This collection contained Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from CAROUSEL.

Mother also had an organ arrangement of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” which I loved to her played when I was a child.

Through the years, the song would crop up along my life’s journey.  I always loved hearing marching bands, or drum corps perform “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with their incredible power.

images (3)As a theatre director, and playwright, lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II has become one of my heroes.  Mr. Joshua Logan adored his colleague/friend, and through the years I’ve heard beautiful stories of this great man.

In June 2013, my beloved fury pal, Flyer, began her slow decline. Flyer One Saturday morning, I took her on one last tour of our favorite Wright Brothers’ sites: Hawthorn Hill, Carillon Park, and Woodland Cemetery.  While sitting by the Wright Brothers’ gravesite, an older couple strolled over to pay their respects.  As the husband explored other tombstones, the wife began pulling some weeds around the Wright family plot.  She began humming, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Exactly one month later, Flyer was gone.  

Prior to her departure, I made a collection of songs on Spotify, and there were several beautiful arrangements of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.  My son’s percussion instructor, Jeff Brooks, sent me a You Tube video of The Madison Scouts performing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

1014183_10153111689015074_614986889_nA week later, The Madison Scouts Drum Corps was practicing next door at Fairmont High School.  I was walking Navi and Chief, and heard them playing.  We stood beneath the stadium where I could watch the field commander.  To my surprise, they began performing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”  I closed my eyes, and savored the moment as tears streamed down my cheeks for Flyer, one more time.

Several times this fall, the song fell across my path, becoming an ear worm for several days.

Saturday, December 21st, I bid farewell to Navi following a brutal traffic accident.

DSC03588After my little girl passed, I left the facility as a thunderstorm raged.  I found myself sitting on the curb, sobbing with Chief and Josh seated next to me.  Several people from the waiting room recognized what was happening, and came out to hold umbrellas over us.  When I finally rose to leave, I thanked them.  The one gentleman put his arm around me, and said, “You’ll never walk alone.  Our little pals are always with us.”

The following morning, Chief and I embarked on our first walk with just the two of us.  It was a painful, tear-filled walk.  I have an iPhone application for walking, and it is synced to my Facebook account.  When I returned home, I noticed a post beneath that morning’s walk, from my friend, Alice Kay Hoover.  It simply read, “Walk on.”  My friend, Andrea Norrington, posted a You Tube video of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Over the next several days of agony, and complete withdrawal, the song haunted me.  I wrestled with it, hoping it would leave me alone.

But it refused.

DSC04584Christmas night, within a few hours, I had driven to Monroe, Ohio and returned with two new pups, Harrigan and Bailey.

The next morning, we took our first family walk: Dad, Chief, Harrigan, and Bailey.  As I was preparing their first breakfast, my Spotify selected “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

I sat on my kitchen floor, and was immediately surrounded by three fury creatures.  The Girls hopped in my lap to shower me with kisses, and Chief nudged my face with his nose.

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk

You’ll never walk
You’ll never walk alone.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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