Where Everybody Knows Your Name

May 29, 2015 at 7:55 AM Leave a comment

After hearing everyone ask, “How’s Eliana?” these past few days, I can’t help humming a few bars of the Cheers theme song. Sing it with me now:

“Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you’ve got

Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot
Wouldn’t you like to get away?

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name…”

Sometimes it does seem like everyone in the hospital knows her name. Several people over the past few days have even remembered that she’s in the same room she was in nine months ago after her last surgery. Although they always say they are glad not to see her–better to be healthy and stay away from the hospital. We’ll be visiting this place a lot this summer, though. She’ll have frequent labs drawn and clinic visits to adjust medication and make sure the kidney is working.

While Eliana’s recovering, Hank and I have a lot of time to fill as we take turns spending time at the hospital. So I had plenty of time to read up on “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” one of the most popular and memorable theme songs of any TV series. Gary Portnoy, cowriter of the theme song and its singer, had this to say in an interview about the story behind the song: “I think the first part of the song really connects with people’s angst, and then the chorus says, ‘There’s hope. There’s help.’ There’s some warmth, some connectivity, some hope that there’s a place where things are a little better.”

Amen. We are thrilled with starting this new journey and looking forward to the days ahead when Eliana can do some simple things every kid should enjoy, like splashing in a pool, eating an ice cream cone, chasing fireflies late on a summer night.

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