My cousin calls me in the hopes of quelling the situation which has escalated near the point of no return.
But still the words sunny disposition engulf my mind, - where have I heard it before? - It's in a song, a beautiful song.
For what I can decipher, money's playing a major role in the fight, and the words being lobbed at each other, run the gamut from my cousin's husband's sexual prowess and orientation to accusations of stealing.They both seem to know the words that will cause the most damage and and injury and continually to recharge their arrow, firing with precision, piercing the spirit of their souls.
With the kids yelling in the background seemingly taking sides, the situation is beyond the breaking point.
But what if they could find their sunny disposition, what if i can remember where I've heard that phrase, - a song that's clearly on my 5,000 plus long playlist.
They're both seeking the only reward that their inflamed mind could process - to win - I calmly suggest to my cousin, listen and you win. Don't say anything, to my surprise, she takes my advice, and suddenly her husband's loud, angry, nasty, soul devouring words are the only sound in the room, heard by everyone, the neighbors and most bitingly himself.
Sunny disposition, sunny disposition, at last I remember.
Girl with hair of flaming red
Seeking perfect lover
For to lie down on her feather bed
Soul secrets to uncover
Must be gentile, must be strong
With disposition sunny
Just as faithful as the day is long
And careful with his money
And so the open letter read
The news boy did deliver
Three months later plans were made to wed
Down by the King James river
Know the season may come
Know the season may go
When love is joined together
With whoever be made whole
When the master calls the roll
Yes, it's When The Master Calls The Roll from the 2014 Grammy winning album by Rosanne Cash.
I wish you and all, including myself, the ability to maintain disposition sunny even under the darkest tempest and loudest quakes.
(Painting by Angie Coleman)