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My Song: "Don't Cha" helped mend a broken heart

Joined: 8/21/2011
Posts: 8
Two months ago, my best friend and I were picking out some dessert cookbooks at the library. While perusing books by Martha Stewart, we spotted my best friend’s boyfriend getting a little too comfortable with another girl. I stared at the fire flash behind my best friend’s eyes as she stomped up behind him, tapped his shoulder, and slapped him. I do not know who looked more shocked: my best friend, my best friend’s boyfriend, or the girl he was with. When she walked back to me, she pulled me up from the couch I was hiding behind, and we left the library without a single cookbook in hand. While walking back to the car, I started to say something like, “What a tool! And you handled that with such dignity. God, did you see the look on her face?! Priceless.” She never said a word and walked to the car with a solemn expression on her face. We drove home in enough silence to hear a pin drop. I wondered if she had become permanently callous from shock.

But she was not silent when we arrived at her house. She picked up a pillow from her couch and chucked it at a bookshelf. Then kicked the carpet, tripped onto the floor, and started bawling. I tried to comfort her while she spoke in between a combination of sobs and sniffles. Her makeup was a droopy mess on her face. After 15 minutes of continuous crying, I tried a different approach to the problem on my hands. I ran upstairs to grab something from her bedroom. When I arrived downstairs, she was almost curled up in a fetal position. On the wall across from her, I blocked her view as I taped up a picture of her former boyfriend. She blew up. Before she cried a gallon of tears, I shuffled through a few songs on her stereo and picked the perfect one, “Don’t Cha” by Pussycat Dolls. When the chorus came on, I screamed, “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me, Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me, Don’t cha, don’t cha,” while jabbing his picture on the wall and doing all sorts of ridiculous dance moves. For a while she just stared at me in disbelief, until I grabbed her, and we started tangoing together. At the end, we were a hot mess of smeared mascara, disheveled hair, and laughter. The boyfriend’s picture on the wall was a big blob of black, courtesy of an extra large Sharpie nearby.

Yes, the Pussycat Dolls do get a bad rep for showing slightly too much skin and for having slightly too suggestive lyrics, but at that moment, we hardly cared. “Don’t Cha” is honestly a ridiculous song, but combined with my ridiculous dance moves and singing, it was impossible to not cheer up and laugh. Laughter is always the best medicine for a broken heart.
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Comment by SavannahtheHuman

Joined: 3/5/2012
Posts: 52
Wow! What a great story! Having lived at girls' school for a few years, I've done similarly ridiculous things to make a friend feel better. But hey, that's what best friends are for right? Thanks for sharing :))
Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 4:10:46 PM
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Joined: 11/5/2008
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Congratulations - your essay above has been named a semi-finalist in the July and August writing contest (where we asked people to share a story about how music played an important role during a unique time in their life).

We had over 9,500 people from around the world visit the writing contest page during the summer and nearly 200 submitted qualifying essays.

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 7:37:00 PM
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