Earlier this evening, I was reacquainted with a song that I hadn’t thought about in a long time. Stephen Bishop’s song “It might be you”, from the 1982 movie “Tootsie”. That year, I was a senior in high school, and on the thresh hold of becoming an adult. I dreamed of my freedom, and with it finding someone I could and would love for the rest of my life. This particular song made a huge impact on me, because though the lyrics described what I dreamed, it also made me realize that my path to love would not be an easy one. One verse in particular described the hope, as well as the fear, that I felt.
“Looking back as lovers go walking past…All of my life…Wondering how they met and what makes it last…If I found the place…Would I recognize the face?”
We all dream of having that “love at first sight” moment, and I was no exception. In a world where loving who you choose to love isn’t always a freedom, I often found myself wondering if I would ever have that moment, or if I’d be free enough to experience it when it did come along. When the day came that I finally started walking my intended path, I started to sense that perhaps finding that perfect love just might be possible. A few years and a lot of painful lessons did not lesson the hope that someday I would recognize the face when I saw it. And recognize it I did. In an instant, I realized that all the choices I had made, as well as the scorn that I had felt, was worth it. His face was kind and gentle, his smile weakened my knees, and his eyes melted my soul. As with the song, I had progressed from dreaming and wondering, to catching my breath and dreaming some more.
“Something’s telling me it might be you…Yeah, it’s telling me it must be you…And I’m feeling that it’ll just be you…All of my life.”
In the blink of an eye, my life changed. I had my moment. I recognized the face. I felt the sweet joy of love returned. Nearly 11 years later, the love that I share with that man is strong, with each day spent together being both a blessing and a gift. The dreams I have now, I share with him, and we work together to make those dreams happen. I have never wavered in my devotion to him, and I fall asleep beside him each night knowing that his love for me grows more everyday.
“Something’s telling me it might be you…All of my life.”