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If you please, indulge me……

Wow!!! I’ve been married for 14 years today (OK, I was a child bride 🙂 ). Chris is my friend, my love , the father of our beautiful girls and quite possibly the best conversationalist in the universe. I read once that it’s easy to find someone to commiserate with your grief, the real trick is finding someone with whom you can laugh. So, thanks darling for the laughter we’ve shared and the adventures on our journey. I’ll mush out a little on the poem — I could have gone with the ever appropriate Shakespeare and I did think about Sonnet 18 (you know, the “shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”), but I thought Marlowe captures the joy ever so well. And of course, it’s all green-y, with waterfalls, and small animals….

The Passionate Sheperd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;

A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs:
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

The shepherds’ swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May Fall morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.

anniversary: Queen of My Double Wide Trailer (Sammie Kershaw); Kathleen Mavourneen (from the Gettysburg soundtrack, “mmm, that boy can sing”); Fuzzy & Blue (Grover from Sesame Street); Only One (James Taylor); She Will be Loved (Maroon 5); Secret o’ Life (James Taylor — we’ve seen him several times together including one memorable New Year’s Eve); Homegrown Tomatoes (Guy Clark); A Wink & a Smile (Harry Connick); Too Much Fun (Commander Cody); In the Mood (Glenn Miller); Sweet Meant to Be (Carlene Carter); Camel Walk (Southern Culture on the Skids); Banana Split for my Baby (Louis Prima); Fields of Gray (Bruce Hornsby); Backwoods Galaxy (Bela Fleck); When I Fall in Love (Celine Dion — yep, it’s the only CD song I have ever, ever liked & it’s completely sentimental); John Deere Green (Joe Diffie); You Might Think (the Cars); As I Lay Me Down (Sophie B. Hawkins); It’s You I Love (Beausoleil); Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton & Kiki Dee); Next to You, Next to Me (Shenandoah); Pina Colada song (Mr. Schmenken, I presume); and On Every Street (Dire Straits)

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. –> Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Take care,
Aly

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