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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Music Monday for London and Maddie: Sisters by the Cheetah Girls

This week's Music Monday post is a tribute to sisters, specifically my two girls, London and Maddie. I know I haven't been good about updating my blog over the past six months or so, but that doesn't mean I don't have stories to tell.

Back in mid-December, I posted the following update to my Facebook page: "I was driving back from Christmas shopping in Flemington, through hometown Branchburg, when it hit me pretty hard that this would be my first Christmas without my mom, who passed away in June just shy of her 85th birthday. It's also likely to be the last year when my girls (now 8 and 9) still share that innocent wonder about the magic of Santa Claus. Time to create some new traditions that bring joy to Who-ville." I was overwhelmed by the response from friends, many of whom I haven't seen in more than 20 years. We planned a Boxing Day reunion at my house for a bunch of my high school girlfriends who have moved away to California and Virginia and Pennsylvania, and even though the event itself was snowed out, we've kept in touch and will likely get together over the summer.

Another one of my high school friends proposed that I play off our family's Pop-Tart Fridays to create a new family tradition: go to Pop-Tart World in Times Square for breakfast, then ice skating at the Pond in Bryant Park. We didn't have time to do it over the holidays, but decided it was the perfect plan for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Unfortunately, Pop-Tart World closed down a few days before our event, but we ended up at Crumbs Bakery with four cupcakes (480 - 550 calories each!!) for breakfast: dulce de leche, smores, peanut butter cup, and baba booey. Then on to the Pond!

It turned out to be the perfect personal tribute to my mom...although I didn't mention anything to Rex or the girls, my mom was on my mind...in a good "watching over you" kind of way. I was also tearful behind my sunglasses, again in a good way, because of the way my girls stuck together while skating around the rink. While Rex and I couldn't keep up with the girls, they were just so good about looking out for each other on the ice. As I chased them around the Pond, I reflected on how perfectly the two of them play together -- softball last spring and now Fighting Irish twins on the same basketball team -- and I realized that no matter how often they may fight at home, they've always got each other's back.

Cause we are sisters
We stand together
We make up one big family though we don't look the same
Our spots are different
Different colors
We make each other stronger
That ain't ever gonna change

London and Maddie, this one's for you:



There's a time when we all choose
To either quit or follow through
To just lose faith
Or trust your heart
To somehow lead you through the dark
You're not the only one who's dreamin'
And who needs help to carry on
We might get lonely but we're not alone

Chorus:
Cause we are sisters
We stand together
We make up one big family though we don't look the same
Our spots are different
Different colors
We make each other stronger
That ain't ever gonna change
We're cheetah girls cheetah sisters

Gotta do what we gotta do
Got the brains, got the power and we speak the truth
We're from everywhere all around the world
So ya best respect the cheetah girls
Dancing, singing from our birth
Working hard for what we deserve
Trying not to break the rules
'Cause mama didn't raise no fools
It may seem we're only dreaming
And we need help to carry on
It's good to know we're not alone

Chorus:
Cause we are sisters
We stand together
We make up one big family though we don't look the same
Our spots are different
Different colors
We make each other stronger
That ain't ever gonna change
Believe it mister
We're cheetah girls cheetah sisters

Bridge:
Someone's always there behind
To catch us if we fall

Chorus:
Cause we are sisters
We stand together
We make up one big family though we don't look the same
Our spots are different
Different colors
We make each other stronger
That ain't ever gonna change

Believe it mister
We're cheetah girls cheetah sisters





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1 comments:

LadyJava said...

What an awesome story Roxy..
May your mom rest in peace dearie..

Happy MM!