I drove home from work today tired, but in a fine mood, listening to BB King’s Bluesville on Sirius Radio. Out of curiousity, I tapped the tuner a click or two, and found a station for Broadway show tunes. I was entertained by a song I did not recognize, followed by “Be a Dentist” from Little Shop of Horrors.

As I turned the corner to my street, I heard the beginning notes of a song I almost recognized. Then I heard the opening  words, “If ever I would leave you…” from the musical Camelot. My mom was a huge fan of musicals generally, Camelot especially, and I was overwhelmed with the memory of her, the poignancy of the lyric, and the pain of our estrangement in the years before she died.

I’m not sure if any of my neighbors driving past noticed  me as I sat crying in my car, parked at the curb in front of my house, but that was what that was about…