Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Me: "What school do you go to?"

Her "(that school)"

Me: "Oh, really?  A good friend of mine used to work there.  Did you know Ms. Haley? Tiffany Haley?"

Her:  A pause.  A recognition


Me: "Yeah, she was a good friend, I miss her every day, still can't believe she's gone"

Her:  "Oh?  I was at her funeral"

Me:  "Really?  So was I!"

Her:  "You were?!  I didn't know her all that well, but I sang with the choir"

Me:  "Omigosh, you guys did an amazing job!  Your Hallelujah rendition was beautiful.  Really special..."


I began working with a new tutor student today.  SAT prep.  Her dad was referred to me before we moved from Colorado Springs.  I'd let him know I'd moved, and he contacted me this week to work with his daughter online.

While getting to know her, I learned she attends the high school where my friend Tiffany worked before her surprising and abrupt death at the end of last summer.

Recall that I'd mentioned that there was not a dry eye in the house at her well-attended funeral.  One of the reasons for that was the opening with a rendition of "Hallelujah" the acapella choir group from the school performed.  They really nailed it.

Their choir director shared a 1-minute video later, of them warming up.  It's plenty grainy enough to not worry about identifying anyone...

 Not the best audio, but still lovely.  Give a listen to the start of it via this [link] for a taste.

So often, we hear stories about "kids these days!".  No respect, no discipline, lazy...

But as the student and I reminisced a bit, I was taken back to that morning in the church at Tiffany's funeral as those kids made everyone cry big cleansing tears.

Test day, here we come.


LL Cool Joe said...

I've noticed that less people are saying "kids these days" , I think that's because they are behaving better than most of us adults nowadays.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

The link told me I was not allowed to view it.

Abby said...

Joey, I think you hit that nail on the head!

Peggy, it's a facebook link, so maybe it only works for facebookers or for friends of Tiffany. Bummer. Take my word for it, though. Really nice.

Annsterw said...

We all have the capacity to make bad decisions...Many of the kids i know are behaving these days! HA! I LOVE a good hallelujah!!! Small world! HUGS!

Abby said...

Ann, your niblings all seem like a nice bunch! I love a good hallelujah too :)