Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Moonday Mania

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.

And after you read this post, don’t forget to comment and then go to the Paranormal Freebies Site NEWS page and enter my Little Red Riding Wolf Giveaway contest that runs through the end of February.

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!


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10 responses to “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

  1. Brinda Berry

    Ahh…. My dh and I don’t really have a song from our younger years, but there is a more recent one that he sometimes sings to me to make me smile. The song is Blue Skies.

  2. Oh, I love Van Morrison’s rendition. As a matter of fact I just heard it on the radio last week, and it did bring back sweet memories. I believe (and I could be wrong) that he wrote the song for God not a woman.
    Happy Valentines, Jessica! May you dance long!

  3. Like you and Jeff, my DH and I had a hard time settling on a song for our wedding. We finally chose the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody. One, because it is a beautiful song, and two, the sentiment seemed to fit us. My hubby travels with business, a LOT, so that whole hunger for your touch a long lonely time struck a heartstring or two.

    My favourite Rod Stewart song is Reason to Believe.

    happy Valentine’s Day!

    • I think it’s so sweet when couples take the time to pick out a song that means something to them. And I love how we each have our own special meaning for each song. I really respect couples who spend a lot of time apart, it’s not something that I find very easy to do. Great choice, on both songs!

  4. My sweetie and I have We’ve only just Begun as our song. Kind of poignant since the years do seem to fly by.

  5. Aww what a lovely post. I adore this song and Rod Stewart too, but I like the Van Morrison version best. My hubby and I have a few songs, but one of them is ‘Afternoon Delight’ by Starland Vocal Band (not my fav song but one that reminded us of when we met, oh so long ago!). Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

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