Memories of Love

Memories of Love

 Now that we have waited for this very special day

We can’t help but to consider memories –

Those times that we remember that have taught us how to love,

Those times which often brought us to our knees.

I remember on that first day when I looked into your eyes

And I wondered if that sparkle might mean love.

I could feel myself get flustered when I thought about your smile

But I wasn’t sure exactly what it was.

And I remember two weeks later when I tried to hold your hand

But I wasn’t sure the time was right to act.

You can’t imagine how much faster my heart began to beat

When I squeezed your hand then felt your hand squeeze back.

And oh how I remember the first night that we kissed

When that minstrel played that melody for us.

We had wined and dined for hours on ice cream and beignets.

And yet it seemed that we would never eat enough.

(So we ate until our bellies nearly bust).

Now those were the beginnings when our love was being made

Though we really didn’t know what love could be.

Somehow we were prepared for those rocky roads ahead

And now that brings back other memories.

What about the first trip you made back to New Orleans

When it seemed that we had only grown confused;

Yet when you left we realized that if love was to last

It would have to be a love that was pursued.

Do you remember all those times that year  we had to say goodbye

And I wasn’t sure that I could handle all your tears;

They made me want to smile since they were prompted by your love

Yet I could sense your face was often wet with fears.

And then there at the beach when we almost let love go

That was the first time that you ever saw me cry.

But now when I think back to the prayers I prayed that night

I realize that’s the night that love survived.

When you went off to school that Fall I knew I had to follow

So our love might finally have a chance to grow.

I spent three months in Raleigh getting turned down for a job,

But I learned some things I thought I’d always known.

And now we come to Christmas when our love fell into place,

But I remember those two times I almost choked.

I was nervous when I asked you if you’d like to wear that ring

But I was really nervous when I asked your folks.

Then I went off to Boston and you stayed here at home

But we both knew that we had to take that chance;

And when it all was over and we both were home to stay

We knew our love was much more than romance.

So now we stand before the alter and I take your hand in mine

And we begin our life together in God’s will.

We have a lot of hopes and we have a lot of dreams

But we know there’s nothing love cannot fulfill.

 

So now that we have waited for this very special day

We can’t help but to consider memories.

Yesterday is not forgotten, but tomorrow is our hope

As we look forward now to all that love will be.

July 22, 1981

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