Krista @kristastevens, your prompt suggests we recall and write about a special song. I am so glad to do that on this special day. Let me explain, dear blogging friends. Hop back with me to a wedding in the small town (pop. 400) of Campo, Colorado. It is 8:00 on Sunday morning. What a time for a wedding! Another story sometime. Listen in “I Love You Truly, Truly Dear.” Sam and Oneta are getting married. I’m sure you won’t find the song on the radio anymore. Neither will you likely hear “Always.” You see they are in my heart. I think they got stuck there back in 1953.
The first of this month, I posted “Wonder of Wonders,” ”https://onetahayes.com/2015/07/06/wonder-of-wonders/ regarding my memories of early years of my love story. Since then I have been wondering what I would write today, Sammy’s birthday, eighty-six years old. Me? I’m not so far behind at eighty-one. The Sammy I wrote about in “Wonder…” was twenty-four. Now at eighty-six, do I love him? My answer is, “Now I know what love is, and I love him.” At twenty-four, I was bewitched by him. Oh, he was dashing, dapper, and darling; today he is cherry, chipper and charming. Well, he was that way – most of the time, and today he is that way – most of the time! What I have discovered is the way he is when he is not that way!
I now know how he is when suffering great loss.
I now know how he deals with cancer—twice.
I now know how he deals with a less than perfect (?) wife.
I now know how he puts every other family member before himself.
I know how his toes twitch when he watches Sense and Sensibility.
I know how he plays nursemaid to a sick wife.
I know how he carries the sleeping child and tucks her into bed.
I know how he shares his chocolate bars with the little ones.
I know how he deals with disappointment.
I know how he rises above great temptations.
I know how he sanitizes the bloody cuts caused by whacking his arm on a tire tool.
I know how his face musses up as he tries not to cry when he sees the American flag.
So, do I love him? Yes, I love him. Happy Birthday to my sweetheart. “I Love You Truly. Truly Dear.”