I did it. My couch to 5k app, week 6, day 2 asked me to run for 20 minutes straight, and I did it. Somewhere in the middle of it the song “Turn the World Around” by Harry Belafonte came on my iPod. Harry Belafonte always reminds me of my family. During WWII my grandfather Klitzke was stationed in the Caribbean, where he learned to love calypso music….and brought this love back to the rest of the family. So I grew up listening to, and loving, Harry.
Harry was the first concert I ever saw as a wee child. My dad ran the spotlight at the Holiday Star in Merrillville, IN, back before it became non-union. He got one of my mom’s albums of Harry autographed for me and my mom and I saw the concert there. Years later my mom, grandma, and I saw Harry at Ravinia.
Turn the World Around was a song I could never find on a recording until a fairly recent (like in the last 15 years) album came out…but the first time I heard the song I was a child, and he was on The Muppet Show.
I was in love with this song.
So here it is, 30-some years later, and I’m 112 pounds less than I was a year ago, and I’m running for 20 minutes. And when “Turn the World Around” came on my playlist, I felt the spirit of my grandpa Klitzke, and my gramma Klitzke, so happy for me. And I thought about that little blonde girl in the late 70’s watching The Muppet Show, and I wondered why she ever thought for a moment that she couldn’t do anything she wanted? Because it’s so obvious that she can, and has, and will continue.
Life is simply wonderful.