The instructions from our choir director startled me into this morning,”Don’t breathe when your neighbor’s breathing. Stagger it.” Well, I’d already practiced staggering on my way to the Crow’s Nest on Deck 9, just not in my breathing, unless gasping counts.
Never paid much attention to when folks around me were breathing. It’s not all that interesting, unless you’ve nothing much else to do.
When I signed on for this cruise, it never entered my thoughts that one of the highlights would be showing up for 8:00a.m. choir rehearsal. We often wrap-up our time singing, “God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again.” Even among strangers one feels a spiritual connection…”’til we meet at Jesus’ feet.”
There are rules, written at the front of the booklet (not the hymnal) from which we sing. Here are a few:
1. “Everyone is welcome.”
2. “No discussion of politics during Glee Club. You may wear campaign buttons but they must be smaller than one inch in diameter.”
3.” The aim of Glee Club is to blend harmonically a capella. Do your best…if people are turning and staring at you, try singing more softly.”
Not bad rules for life beyond the Crow’s Nest.
With the exception of paying attention to my neighbor’s breathing. Though, it could be one more way to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
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