"Mom, do you know an artist named Jim Croce?"
It was our 20-year-old son, bringing up a musician I have not listened to for decades, as we strolled the cobbled streets of Durham, England. What?
"Sure, but how do YOU know about Jim Croce?"
"One of his songs was in a YouTube video I watched."
"I like his music and I am looking for other artists like him."
So, Spousal Unit and I dug deep in the collective memory banks. John Denver, America and Gordon Lightfoot came pretty easily. When we returned to the house, I went to the source of all knowledge (Google - LOL) and was immediately entranced by the music of another era. Cat Stevens. Dan Fogelberg. Jackson Browne. James Taylor. The Carpenters. Spurred by the song "Everything I Own" by Bread, I grabbed Spousal Unit for an impromptu dance around the front room at my in-laws' house.
I don't often listen to music on my phone, but I couldn't stop myself; every song Google delivered had lyrics that resonated profoundly. Was it just the era, or might I be a touch sentimental? After all, August 3 would be our 27th wedding anniversary … so, when "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters popped up, it sparked the idea to build a dedication blog post around the song. Although it was not our wedding song (we didn't have one), the lyrics fit our journey, then and now. To Spousal Unit: "We've Only Just Begun"!
We've only just begun to live
|#1 Daughter with her paternal great-grandfather|
White lace and promises
|#1 Daughter with maternal grandfather|
A kiss for luck and we're on our way
|Big sister and little brother|
(We've only begun)
|#1 Son in Krakow, Poland|
Before the risin' sun, we fly
|Rockin' out in the family van|
|With #1 Daughter - top - Corsica - bottom - Cayman|
We'll start out walkin' and learn to run
|Another day feeding ducks and geese in England|
|Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman|
|2006 trip to Montana|
Watching the signs along the way
Talkin' it over, just the two of us
Workin' together, day to day
|2010 ski trip to Park City|
|Another day in the water with #1 Dad - 2011|
And when the evening comes, we smile
|Reflection in the lake at our new home in Montana - 2018|
Upper right - 25th anniversary walk in the UK - a "miracle" hedgehog on the path!
Left - 26th anniversary - champagne breakfast by the lake at our new home
Lower right - future anniversaries will be at places like this - Many Glacier, Montana
We'll find a place where there's room to grow
|Our new house in Montana, June 2018|
(And yes, we've just begun)
|Anywhere, any time|