We’ve been married just two years, but my husband and I have begun to realize we’re already falling into that “old married couple” category. We like going to bed early. We have to have our Sunday afternoon naps. And they just don’t make love songs like they did when we were young.
A few months ago, in search of the perfect ringtone for my new cell phone, I pulled out some of the Country CD mixes we’d made back when we were falling in love. As I listened to each familiar tune, it transported me back to those years of longing and learning. I felt like I was falling in love all over again.
True, the “missing you” songs no longer applied. But they reminded me of how thankful I was to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert every day with the man I love. And the songs about how complicated it all was only made me more grateful than ever to finally be married to my best friend. And the rest of those good ol’ Country love songs made me feel more in love with my man than ever.
I did finally find a cell phone ringtone. After briefly considering “You Had Me From Hello” and “When You Say Nothing At All,” I searched for “Me and You” (the closest we’d ever come to having a song that was “our song”) and “Blessed”, but neither was available. I finally landed upon a song that spoke of a farmer’s tan and submission: “Passenger Seat.” (Okay, no one else would think of the submission part, but it’s a word picture for me. “Yeah, life’s so sweet, here in the passenger seat…”)
I’m sure they’re still writing some good Country music. I could even list a couple really good ones that came out after we were married. But nothing strikes a chord like the songs from “back when”, the songs that were the theme music for our love story.
So all you other “old married couples,” what was “your song”? What were the tunes that you danced to, kissed to, fell in love to? Maybe they were on a record or a warbly old cassette. But I doubt if there’s a love song in the world that can’t be found on CD or MP3 somewhere online. Dig out your old LP’s. Tune into an oldies station. Whatever you have to do, find a few of those tunes, and give them a listen once again. You just might find yourself falling in love all over again.