I’ve told you before about my friend, Audrey. She is a charter member of BCMA and our Fall meeting was held there last month at her farm in Chelsea, Michigan. I described her as calm, gentle, smart and funny. She’s not right-out-loud funny because she is, afterall, Japanese. So it can be subtle.
Audrey works for the big U in Ann Arbor and back when I was working and living there we would e-mail back and forth throughout the day, just a one or two line chat and we would often meet for lunch. One day I got an email from her that read, "My mother just released her second CD. Here is the link." This was surprising since I knew her mother lived in Escanaba and was into her 80s. I always assumed she was quiet and dignified and calm, like Audrey. So, you can imagine my reaction when I clicked and listened to a sample of her mother singing. (You should click and listen, too.) I didn’t know how to respond.
After a bit I sent her a note that read, "Wow. I had no idea. That’s impressive." I mean, what else could I say? Really, if you discovered that this was your friend’s mother, what would you say? Audrey thought this was so hysterically funny that she kept me hanging for a while before revealing that Wing is not really any relation of hers.
Yesterday I got a Christmas package from Audrey. She sent me some of her delicious cookies, a Slinky for the stairs and a Christmas album. Right now, my entire family is in the living room screaming with delight as they listen to "Audrey’s mother" on her latest album, Everyone Sings Carols With Wing. I’m listening to them all laugh and feeling very happy that we are together for Christmas.