Carolyn, Thank you for this moving piece! I especially like the following writing:
If we could do it over again, we’d go on road trips, walking on a beach in silence, playing the music loud, and singing. We would have majored in music, and you’d be in a jazz band playing the keyboard. And finally, brave enough to sing.
Yes, be that girl now! You ARE she! Your creativity flows through your writing. Best wishes always, Amy