Of course, the first song is Come Together. It starts with that great weird shoomp and the bass part. And when John started singing Here come old flattop…, what happened, but Mom knew every single word of the song! Not just every word, but every cadence. She knew every all right! and aww! and yeaaaah. And it kept going, song after song. When Maxwell’s Silver Hammer started, Mom said, Yuck, I always thought this was totally sophomoric. Still, what did she do? She sang every single word of that, too. I hit the pause button. How do you even know this? I demanded. Abbey Road? Mom shrugged. I don’t know, you just know it. She unpaused the CD. When Here Comes the Sun started, what happened? No, the sun didn’t come out, but Mom opened up like the sun breaking through the clouds. You know how in the first few notes of that song, there’s something about George’s guitar that’s just so hopeful? It was like when Mom sang, she was full of hope, too. She even got the irregular clapping right during the guitar solo. When the song was over, she paused it. Oh, Bee, she said. This song reminds me of you. She had tears in her eyes. Mom! This is why I didn’t want her to come to the first-grade elephant dance. Because the most random things get her way too full of love.
― Maria Semple,
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
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