“a lot more than the girl in the pink Cadillac on the Freeway of Love who also sings about Respect” ~ Aretha Franklin, December 18, 2010.
All of us who hear her voice and remember where we were when. All of us who sing along – out loud, radio turned up, windows rolled down. All of us who ever called on the Queen of Soul to give voice to the big feelings, the ones that matter, to our soul. All of us, sending all she made us feel right back to her now, wishing her a speedy recovery, now that’s respect.
Bob Herbert paid homage to Aretha Franklin in today’s NYTimes: “if you listened closely, if you paid attention, it would just thrill you, take you to a place of exquisite human feeling. A region of laughter and tears. Of love and joyous possibilities.”
We all need it. We all deserve it.
And we all might consider how little it really takes:
- To treat one another with courtesy.
- To approach with deference.
- To hold one another in high regard.
- To choose to esteem. To admire.
- To honor, even.
We can all afford that, can’t we? We can’t afford not to…
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