Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rock of Ages

I flew to St. Louis a day ahead of the viewing with my Dad and Step-Mom so Dad could finalize everything for my grangmother's funeral.  My Dad mentioned that my grandmother had kept a list of things she liked and did not like from every funeral she went to-and basically left instructions.  She wanted "Amazing Grace".  She wanted "When the Saints go Marching In" played (Recessional)".  She picked a wonderful poem, Miss Me-But Let Me Go" to be read.  What didn't she want?  "Rock of Ages".  When my Dad said that I kind of choked-but let it go.  He said it again the next day, that he made the funeral director note there would be NO "Rock of Ages"  Finally, I couldn't hold it in-I had to say something. 

Me- Dad-I can understand Grandma not wanting Rock of Ages, but WHOSE funeral did she go to that it was played?

Dad-Well, it is a very popular song and is played at many funerals

Me-Um, Really?

Dad Yes (and starts singing) "Rock of Ages...Cleft for Me.."

Me-OH! isn't the Rock of Ages that I Def Leppard

Step Mom (hysterical laughter)

Me-(Hysterical giggles)


I related this fact (that Grandma specified NO Rock of Ages) to my cousins and brother over drinks that night (and to my brother again the next day because he was too drunk to remember)...and was met with astonished hysterical laughter because we are all the same generation and they, too thought Def Leppard's Rock of Ages was the song, too... DID YOU?

Rock of ages, rock of ages
Still rollin', keep a-rollin'
Rock of ages, rock of ages
Still rollin', rock'n'rollin'

1 comment:

  1. LOL! That's exactly what I would have thought, too...that's hilarious!