a blog on the craft of writing (usually, but not today!)
No craft blog today. Instead I’m celebrating Valentines day one day early. Why not? After all, it is romance’s biggest holiday, let’s stretch it out. For some more Valentine’s day fun, check out last Thursday’s post on paranormal ways to celebrate V-day HERE.
The other day, driving home, I was listening to the radio and a song came on that I hadn’t heard for a very long time. It was our song. The song my husband and I chose for our wedding. Our song. During the first few years of our marriage, we used to play it all the time. I’d come home and he’d have set it up on the CD player to surprise me. Believe it or not my alpha man is more romantic than me. Just look at the roses on my table for confirmation.
Then, after we’d been married for awhile, and had kids and life to deal with, we only played our song on our anniversary. Holding each other close and dancing around the living room after our our affordable special take-out meal. Now that we’ve been married a little longer, I realized that we hadn’t played our song for a long time. Maybe several years. That was a surprise.
I listened to the song in the car and I realized, it was a great pick! When we chose it, we didn’t have a song. We’d dated a long time, but we’d never had a song. It felt a bit like Taylor Swift’s song, Our Song. Not having a song didn’t mean we didn’t have that special bond or deep love. It just meant we hadn’t found the one that fit us.
So when we got married, we looked long and hard and we chose Rod Stewart’s Have I Told You Lately That I Love You. I just found out that it was written by the great Van Morrison, whose songs I have always loved.
My husband (the alpha romantic) picked it out. As I listened to it in the car last week I realized he is a very smart man. It was a great song to slow dance to in my long white dress at our wedding. It’s been a great song when we wanted to feel close. But as I listened to the lyrics now, after being married for a long time, I realized it’s a great song for us as we grow old together.
“You fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness, ease my troubles that’s what you do.”
It makes me teary, because that’s what he does. And I hope I do even a small amount of that for him.
Happy Valentiine’s Day Jeff! I love you.
And for all of you, here is a lovely, corny, very romantic version. Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!