The Rest of My life

September 9th, 2013

One of my favorite songs is “What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?”  The lyrics are written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman and original music written by Michel Legrand for the 1969 film The Happy Ending.

I truly love this song.  I’ve always loved songs like this from the 1940’s-1960’s, probably because they were so full of all kinds of love.  I love singing 40’s torch songs, too.  They suit my voice – those and blues. I always wanted to stand in a satin dress on a stage, holding on to huge old microphone, crooning those 40’s love songs.  *Sigh*

What are you doing the rest of your life
North and south and east and west of your life?
I have only one request of your life
That you spend it all with me

All the seasons and the times of your days
All the nickels and the dimes of your days
Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days
All begin and end with me

What I like about this one is it reminds me of when I met Alpha Hubby.  Yeah, yeah, I know every love song reminds me of him, but some are better than others!  This is one that resonates with me because he wanted (and wants) to own the rest of my life, all my days, my tomorrows, my summer, winter, spring, fall, north, south, east, and west of my life.   He wanted my everything.

And I wanted to give it – so desperately.

I want to see your face in every kind of light
In fields of gold and forests of the night
And when you stand before the candles on a cake
Oh let me be the one to hear
The silent wish you make

He loved staring at my face, watching every emotion that ran across it.  He wanted to know the love he saw was real.  He wanted to be the wish I blow my birthday candles out for.  He wanted to awaken what was asleep in my eyes, even though it would take several kisses.  Such a hardship.

Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes
In the world of love you keep in your eyes
I’ll awaken what’s asleep in your eyes
It may take a kiss or two

Like a Knight of old, he swore allegiance to me, to my protection and happiness, then and for every day of my future.  And he has kept every promise, every vow, that he gave me back when we met.

We talk constantly about our relationship.  We are both in awe that in this entire world, we found one another… in Arkansas, a State we both ended up moving to for different reasons.  We ended up working at the same place, at the right time.

And even more crazy?  In his late 20’s, he worked in a town in Missouri in a strip mall, in a store next door to my cousin, Michael, and knew him.  THAT is a small world.  No degree of separation.  Tell me Someone didn’t have a hand in our meeting one another.

We both celebrate that we did meet, even though we do both wish it could have been when we were younger so that we could have had even longer together.  We are full of gratitude, and that is one of the strongest reasons it stays fresh and passionate.

Through all of my life
Summer, winter, spring and fall of my life
All I ever will recall of my life
Is all of my life with you

And he is very passionate not just about me, but also about life.  Our favorite quote to one another, is by A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh:

“If you live to be a hundred,
I want to live to be a hundred minus one day
so I never have to live without you.”

– except we’re aiming for 120.

Scientists say we can easily live to 120, strong, healthy, vibrant, and full of life, so we choose to do that.  It’s better to aim for 120 than 70 or 80!

 I have far too many adventures and too much living left to do with this man – the rest of my life.

16 Responses to “The Rest of My life”

  1. Blond Duck says:

    If only romance existed!
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  2. Mike says:

    Nan, this was absolutely beautiful and definitely gave me a good hour of escape in thought to what you shared. Blessing and thank you! 🙂
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  3. Mary says:

    I don’t know how you do it Nan… it’s uncanny. You always hit that proverbial nail right on the head. It seems that when you write, you have a way of pulling me in to a place that’s so familiar, I can feel it in my soul. The lovely Mrs Wilson has a way of doing the same thing when she writes. In all honesty, I can’t remember if I “met” you through Tracy or vice versa, but if it’s OK with the two of you, I’d love to join you for that cup of coffee some day. xoxo
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    • nan @ lbddiaries says:

      Welcome back! I’ve missed you. I can’t wait until the three of us meet up for coffee – it will be GREAT.

  4. I know I live in a love story. Reason why I continue to visit. Understand that only those in love can connect and read along with you. Understand that only love resides within each comment left on these pages. Yes, Such a great song. xoxox
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  5. Sarah Sue says:

    I remember this song. Barbra Streisand sang it. I like this version better. Very sultry.

  6. –That song seriously gives me the shiver wivers up and down my body.

    LOVE to you from Duluth, MN. Xxxxxx
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  7. Alpha says:

    Hard to go beyond what the lyrics state. Pretty well sums it all up. Rescuing the damsel but not just rescuing her, taking her home and keeping her and protecting her so she would never need to be rescued again.

    • nan @ lbddiaries says:

      And I haven’t needed rescuing and you have kept me safe in this amazing world of us – and you even took out the fiery dragon!

  8. Tracy Wilson says:

    love it- Someday (hopefully over a cup of coffee) I’ll tell you how JC and I met.
    I completely get what you’re saying…it’s so hard for us to accept that someone as wonderful as our partners love us with as much ferocity as they do- or that we deserve it.
    But we do.
    Once you allow someone to love you like that, the entire world changes. We talk about us often too…it’s our favorite topic:)

    Thank you, Nan.

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    • nan @ lbddiaries says:

      I’d like that, hearing your love story. And it IS hard to accept someone does “love us with as much ferocity as they do”. That is a perfect way to put it. My entire world changed.

  9. Merz says:

    Nan, sometimes you type a line that just grabs me. “He wanted to be the wish I blow my birthday candles out for.” That gave me the goose bumps. I love this song.

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