So, it's Valentine's Day, and I feel like I've eaten sweets all day long. And it took every ounce of restraint to keep from eating a slice of leftover birthday cake when I got home from bible study tonight. While contemplating what sort of sweet tribute to blog for my valentine this evening, I was reminded of a song that we enjoyed during our courtship.
I'm sure you're familiar with the song, "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys. Well, I'm more than familiar with it. The song was basically my mantra for a particularly tough span of time during our dating years. After dating for two years, Josh moved nearly two hours away to Augusta to attend medical school while I stayed behind to finish my senior year (and a half...but who's counting) at UGA. Long distance relationships are a lot of work, but add in a medical student who is studying most waking hours of the day and the typical requirements of senior classes, and you have a recipe for limited time together. We worked to find as much time in our schedules to see each other. Usually once every two or three weeks, I would venture to Augusta for the weekend or he would make the trek to Athens (especially during football season). To say the Sunday afternoon goodbyes were tough for me would be an understatement. The Beach Boys ballad seemed to be the only song to appropriately capture my feelings.
Wouldn't it be nice if we were older, then we wouldn't have to wait so long.
And wouldn't it be nice to live together, in the kind of world where we belong.
You know it's gonna make it that much better, when we can say goodnight and stay together
Wouldn't it be nice if we could wake up, in the morning when the day is new.
And after having spent the day together, hold each other close the whole night through...
We could be married, then we'd be happy.
I remembered the other day how much that song meant to me during that difficult time. It also made me think about the fact that now that all those things I was waiting on and wishing for to hurry up and get here, are now a reality. And, I'm ashamed to admit that I don't appreciate them as much as I should. I'm glad I got that reminder. I not only have my forever valentine, but I get to fall asleep beside him and then wake up beside him for the rest of my life. Not only could we be married, but we are. And, we're happy. And, nice it is!
I love you, Josh!