Take on This!
—-A-ha When You Need It Most—-
There are some days where, for whatever reason, you need some sort of pick-me-up.
Sometimes we all require a little reassurance that the day hasn’t completely gone to crap.
Every once and a while…we need some emergency A-ha.
A couple weeks back, the day before Mother’s Day, our household had it rough.
Our son was being, well—seven. Sassy mouth, defiance at every turn and had spent his fair share of time in the corner before the clock even showed noon. Mommy needed a break before she broke, and my loving husband (the eye-rolling one) suggested I go to the mall and cool down.
Did I mention before how much I love this dude?
I had been on the verge of tears many times that day, so I kissed both my boys goodbye—even the naughty one—and set off.
We have a beautiful outdoor mall. May through September, it’s wonderful to be outside and shop. October through April—not so much. Stupid Wisconsin. It was a little cool that afternoon, but pleasant. I decided to park a little far away from the stores and enjoy the weather.
I went to Bath and Body Works because *someone* in our house likes to use 75,930 squirts of soap every time he washes his hands. Initially pissed because they discontinued my favorite soap in foaming-form, I figured this was just going to be a continuation of my already crummy day.
Finally settling on two new scents (ended up hating one, loved the other), I went to pay. As I swiped my credit card…I heard it.
It was one of those moments where you’re not sure you’re *really* hearing what you’re hearing.
I’ve never heard anything but Take on Me in public. Every once and a while it’ll come on in a store or at a restaurant, but it doesn’t happen often. So to my surprise there I was, standing in Bath and Body Works…
…hearing Nothing Is Keeping You Here.
Caught off guard, I fumbled my credit card and found myself unable to answer the sales associate when she asked me where I wanted my receipt.
Unexpected A-ha had rendered me completely unable to function.
I stammered out, “Sorry…I’ve just never heard this song in a store before. It’s one of my favorites.”
She couldn’t have been more than twenty-years-old, and probably could have cared less about this weird lady blabbering about a song and band she more than likely didn’t recognize. But it didn’t matter. In that moment, my day went from horrid to fantastic.
It didn’t, however, stop me from crying.
There are some times where emotions just get the better of you, be it happy or sad. The day’s events finally caught up with me and it took every bit of my energy not to sob right there at the checkout.
I put on my sunglasses in case the tears had other ideas and high-tailed it back to my car…where I immediately texted Debbie.
And she understood.
A-ha can heal every bad situation, every crappy day.
I sat for a good five minutes bawling my eyes out over something as simple as hearing Morten’s voice in a soap store. It was just the catalyst I needed to help me release all the tension from the day.
And you know what? I felt a million times better afterwards.
Thank you, Morten.
Thank you, A-ha.