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Topic: Husband and Wife (08/08/14)
TITLE: Sunset to Serenade
By Rachael Severa
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“Ron, the instrumentals are playing our song.” The band ensemble echoes its version of— The Way You Look Tonight—inspiring Ron to wrap his arm around her with a loving embrace.
“How could I forget? On our fiftieth anniversary party, my brother tipped over our cake on the way to the table, and it landed right on my face. I wanted to change, but you made me dance with you.”
“I’ve already seen you at your worst, and a few cake spots just softened the blow?” With a little giggle, Carol rests her head on his shoulder.
Ron notices a young couple across the way. “Do you suppose they know what their in for?”
Carol hesitates. In a slow but deliberate response she says, “Not a clue.”
“The woman looks upset. They must be having an argument.” Ron said.
“Who doesn’t? She keeps walking away from him, but he keeps calling her back. I think that is a sign of commitment. I can see he loves her.”
Ron takes a deep breathe. “You must really love me, to put up with me. I still feel terrible about spending our savings on a dang old motorcycle. Mid-life crisis I suppose.”
Carol smiles intently and offers Ron a soft kiss. Her heart feels the urge to sing along to the melody—“I will feel a glow—just thinking of you”— her hand closes tighter inside his.
Ron pulls out her favorite chocolate covered nuts. He grins and looks into her eyes. “It wouldn’t be a perfect night without these.”
Before Carol took a bite, she noticed the young couple practically sparring near the tree trunk. She sits up more intent in watching the couple work it out.
Her interest sparks. “I hope it’s not over for them. I wonder what it is they are fighting about. For such a petite lady, she sure has a strong will. I bet she could throw a mean punch if she had to.”
“They are probably fighting over money.” Ron blurts out.
“No.” With certainty, Carol then uttered. “People don’t go to parks to fight over money. It must be matters of the heart. Something happened, and it looks like he is the one who needs to apologize.” She pops the nut in her mouth.
“You mean like the time you thought I was seeing another woman, and you kicked me out of the house? Wasn’t that a doozy?” Ron laughed. He still couldn’t believe Carol thought that.
“Okay.” Carol explained. “When I realized that was a rumor, I apologized to you … I think.” Ron offered her another nut.
Ron’s focus went to the young couple. “They’re sitting down now. I suppose they are working it out.”
“Ron. They’re sitting too far apart. When he holds her—then they have a chance.”
The music continues to lighten the atmosphere. Ron puts the bag of nuts in his pocket and gently pulls her to her feet. He guides her steps toward the music as a gesture in asking her to dance. Carol’s feet start to sway to the lovely tune. Ron follows her as she pulls his hands toward her.
“Let’s,” she said. Carol nods her head in the direction of the couple. “Perhaps they have come full circle now.”
Ron twirls Carol twice around and then she suddenly stops. Her eyes glaze over his shoulder staring for a moment. She taps him, and points to the couple. “He is holding her hand. I believe God is at work.”
Ron and Carol continue to prance to where the music plays. He pulls her body to him, and with a burst of affection he serenades her with the sounds of their favorite tune—
“… 'Cause I love you.”
They look up at the starry sky. “Too many to count,” Ron said.
“The one that counts, you can’t see.” She continues to stare into the heavens.
Ron turns Carol around once more. And to Carol’s surprise, Ron taps her to look behind him, “The young couple found their song.”
The man twirls his wife twice around then brushes her chocolate colored hair. Sweeping her in closer, he sings to her—“Just the way you look … tonight.”
Album: The Very Best of Frank Sinatra –“The Way You Look Tonight”—Recorded 1964.
Original Song written by: Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields, 1936
Source: www.metrolyrics.com, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sinatra
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