Every now and then, my country music roots show up in a blog post. Usually accompanied by some kind of apology to those of you who aren’t fans! So, I’m sorry…again. 😊
Now many of you would probably place Shania Twain in some sort of cross-over category and that’s fine. But back in 1997, I purchased her newly released album entitled, “Come On Over.” And of course, I proceeded to listen to all the cuts on the album.
When I got to the song, “You’re Still the One,” I immediately thought, “THIS is OUR song!” So, I excitedly called Dale into the kitchen and told him to listen to this because it was OUR song! Yes, I did feel pretty strongly about that, can you tell?? Dale wasn’t quite as “over the moon” as I was, but did agree that it represented our relationship pretty well.
There were several lines in the song that especially jumped out at me.
Ain’t nothin’ better
We beat the odds together.
I’m glad we didn’t listen.
Look at what we would be missin’
They said “I bet they’ll never make it”
But just look at us holdin’ on.
We’re still together still goin’ strong.
As you can imagine, our 20-year age difference caused many to question just how long this relationship would last. I found out years after our wedding that one of my aunts said this to another relative ON OUR WEDDING DAY, “I’ll give it a year.”
Honestly, it just makes me chuckle now after our 31-year marriage. And a few years into that marriage, this same aunt, who has since passed away, would often write to me and include this in her letters, “Say Hi to the noble Dale.” So, whenever I passed the greeting along, he’d say, “That’s a good thing, right?” Yes, honey, that’s a very good thing – especially coming from my very happily single Aunt Margaret.
So, why write about this now? Well, for some reason this song from 20-some years ago has been getting some playing time on my country radio station over the past couple of weeks. And it’s made its way back into my psyche a bit – with a mixture of warm fuzzies for the joy of experiencing that together, and heartache over the loss of that kind of love.
So on this Valentine’s Day, celebrating all things “love,” I’d like to once again claim this as OUR song. Despite all that’s we’ve gone through, and all the emptiness from these past 16 months, I can still, without hesitation say to Dale, “You’re still the one.” Thank you, God, for blessing me with a love like that.
I pray that somewhere in your life, you, too, have experienced that kind of love. If not with a spouse, then through the love of Jesus, which is greater than anything we humans can muster up in our own strength. Ultimately, HE, Jesus is the One.
Take a walk down memory lane, by listening to Shania here.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13