Monday, February 14, 2011

It All Began on Valentine's Day


I was only 16 when when I met my husband. In all his Chicago coolness, he asked me to dance at one of the first fraternity-sorority exchanges of our freshman year, and I said yes. (It wasn't a hard decision.) We hung out for the rest of the night, but we weren't an item until our paths crossed again at a Valentine's party. His date was going to meet him later, and I became the beneficiary of her tardiness. By the time she arrived, any chance of them spending that (or any other) evening together was loooong gone.

Those golden days of Spring pretty much belonged to us that year. We were together every day, and I was as smitten as smitten gets. It was the spring of 1969, and I would wake up to the strains of "Love Can Make You Happy" by Mercy, certain that every note was sung for me. I'm always amazed how music can zap you back to a certain place or time and make you feel as if you'd never left it. This song does exactly that for me...which is why I'm so fond of listening.

(I hope you're enjoying listening to it, too.)

Wake up in the morning with the sunshine in your eyes,
and the smell of flowers blooming fills the air.
Your mind is filled with the thoughts of a certain someone that you love;
your life is filled with joy when (s)he is there.

Love can make you happy, if you find someone who cares
to give a lifetime to you, and who has a love to share.

–Jack Sigler Jr. (Love Can Make You Happy, sung by Mercy)


Happy Valentine's Day, Dave.

Thanks for giving a lifetime to me.
Your love has made me happy.

Sue

It still does.

30 comments:

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Sue, what a beautiful story. It was just meant to be! I look forward to being able to say we've been together as long as you and your husband have. I bet it just gets better with the years.
Beautiful post.
Happy Valentine's Day--Love the Urdaneta family :)

jen said...

Cute. You were swooning over your hubby while I was gestating. I was born Aug 21, 1969.
Happy V Day!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Really? Oh I love it! Such a cute story! I guess V-Day is extra special for you then! Hope today is awesome!

Laraine Eddington said...

Great memories Sue. Happy Valentine's Day!

Momza said...

it's true! Love can make you happy!

Mumsy, Chancy and Company said...

What a sweet love story and perfect Valentine Day post. Happy Valentines Day. Hugs

anitamombanita said...

Awesome! I wonder if Dave's late date ever figured out what her tardiness truly cost her. Oh well. So glad that you were the beneficiary and that he was smart enough to know what he had!

Love and miss you guys.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

CONGRATS!!

Nezzy said...

Awwwww, what a tender tribute to the love you and your hubby share. What a beautiful post and the love story lives on.....

God bless ya and have a marvelous Valentine's Day. Now go hug the stuffins outta that man of yours!

yaya said...

So sweet Sue! I hope you both have a wonderful Valentines day!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Your love is an inspiration. This story is as sweet as sweet can get.
Happy Valentine's Day, Sue.
xoRobyn

Lisalulu said...

wow that was so sweet. and of course you write it so well. I can 'see' your memories.

VK said...

Teary eyes are the order of the day. Great song!

Donna said...

So sweet Sue...true love is a gift and I'd say you've been well gifted! Happy Valentine's day!!

Jamie said...

You are so sweet, I love it when you write about how much you love your husband. Happy Valentine's day!

Grandma Honey said...

OH yes, I DO SO remember that song.Hearing it brings me back to 9th grade. Not the best place to be...but it's still a great song...thank you!

Natasha said...

That is a wonderful story! Congrats!

Varda said...

What a lovely love story. Happy Valentine's Day!

Brian Miller said...

awww...how beautiful...i hope you are having a most wonderful valentines day!

Joy For Your Journey said...

Wait!! You were a freshman in college at 16???!! Wow. So how old were you when you got married? And I am also wondering how your parents felt about you finding your true love at such a young age. (Can you tell I have daughters that same age?:-) Personally, I don't think I would have taken it very well.

On the flip side. It sounds very romantic from your point of view!! Thanks for sharing your story.

Wendy said...

Your story is sweet like good sugar cookies on Valentine's Day (or any day for that matter). I hope it continues to be so.

Sue said...

In answer to your question, Joy, we got married when I was 20 and he was 22. (We had both graduated from college by then, and my parents felt good about it.)

=)

karen said...

You were such a young little Valentine! Such a sweet story - Happy Valentine's Day to you both!

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Isn't it great how songs can take us back to moments of our lives that we treasure!? What a fun story!! My parents were married during the Blizzard (New England) of 69. Sounds like it was a great year for love! :)

blueviolet said...

Your sweet love story is fantastic! I hope you both had the most wonderful day.

Cheryl said...

What a rich story. Except for the part about stomping on that poor tardy woman's heart.

Amy said...

Ah! What a sweet story! I love hearing how people fell in love. Beautiful! And his poor date :)

Sarah Halstead said...

What a sweet story. :) Hope you had a great Valentine's Day.

Darlene said...

Yes, your story is a sweet one and I fell in love with Dave right along with you. From the moment I met him, I hoped it would work out for you guys because I really wanted him to be part of our family. And what a great part he has been. Everyone loves Dave and looks up to him. He is just the greatest!!

Cherie said...

How did I miss this post? I love the story, especially how the tardy date missed out - Ha Ha - Way to grab your man!!

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