Monday, June 28, 2010

Morning has broken.....along with my Monday Morning Ramble, with a trip down Memory Lane.



Having just celebrated my son and daughter-in-law's first wedding anniversary, my mind went back to when I met Gregg 34 years ago. On our second or third date, he asked me if I had ever heard of Cat Stevens. At that time I had not, but even to this day I am not one to keep up with who is popular in the music world. I liked the movies more, though that's not to say I don't enjoy listening to music, I do.

On our next date Gregg presented me with the first gift any boy had ever given me, a Cat Stevens album and this song was included. It has always been one of my favorite hymns since childhood and I had never heard it sung by a contemporary artist before. I thought it was absolutely lovely but what touched me the most was that even though Gregg and I hadn't known each other for very long, he was kind enough to buy me such a thoughtful gift. When I told my Dad, not knowing Gregg, I think he rolled his eyes. I must have been a veritable chatterbox about this young man I had just met, and my Mum and Dad could see that somehow this was different. As they told me after we had been married for a while, they knew Gregg was special.

Another thing my Mum told me about, was meeting the Mayor's Secretary several months after I had moved to the States. This was the man whom my friend Mary had worked for, and who had arranged all the official mayoral cocktail parties to welcome naval ships into port. If you haven't read it already, you can click here and here of how Gregg and I met. When Mum and Dad bumped into this man at one of the local pubs months later, the first words out of his mouth to my Mum were, "You hate me don't you?" He had a twinkle in his eye and I don't think my Mum knew what to say, but when she told me on the phone after it happened, I just knew she was rolling her eyes.

17 comments:

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

OH Denise


A romantic history and a special moment that u lived with Greg.
Iam so emotional today...and tomorrow...ever.....
How can I take the link of this post?
love it
nice day

Cezar and Léia said...

Sweet Denise,
This video is wonderful and so romantic!Thanks for sharing this beautiful moment, congratulations!
It's a gift and a great start for our week here, with love and beautiful thoughts!
Hugs
Léia

Lucy said...

Well...that song took me back to the seventies very quickly. Wonderful post!!

diane said...

A great song and video. I love reading your romance stories.

Limey said...

I love this hymn. My husband and I were just saying the other day how surely Christian literature has been the most reproduced source of inspiration in music/film/books.

Margaret Cloud said...

Some men are more thoughtful than others and it seems like you have one of them. I enjoyed the musical video, it was so nice. Thank you for coming by.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Its the little thoughtful gifts that we remember the most. I love that song also.

gigihawaii said...

That was very sweet. What was your first gift to him?

jabblog said...

Aww, so sweet! Barry's first gift to me was very different. I feel a blog coming on ;-)

imac said...

What a beauty of a post.
Congrats to the loving couple.

Misty Dawn said...

What a wonderful post. Ironically, my first gift from Hubs was music too!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I enjoy reading all your posts. Your posts about your early days with Gregg, though, are extra special. I love reading each of them. My first gift to Bob was a Glamour Shot photograph of me; Bob's first gift to me was a pretty sweater.

Janie said...

What a sweet gift. I love that song.

Karen said...

Love the song, love the video. This, too, brings back memories, and for me, my younger years. Very fond memories!

Kay said...

You've had such a beautiful life together. I love it that you're both still so much in love. You were perfect for each other from the very start. I love this Cat Stevens song as well.

Anonymous said...

u inspired me http://graceolsson.com/blog/2010/06/esther-and-ove-the-first-baby/

Mary said...

I just went back and read the first two parts of this story...wonderful! I really enjoyed reading it :-)