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My husband and I have claimed a few different songs as our own. During our first Christmas together, he wrote me a beautiful letter in which he quoted a song by Aerosmith, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Of all the gifts he gave me that year, the letter was my absolute favorite. In fact, I still have it, and every time I hear that song, I think of my sweet husband.

Then, at our wedding, we planned to dance our first dance to that song, but for some reason the DJ played some Carpenters tune. I liked the song, but it was SO not what we were expecting, and my husband was less than thrilled. So, at the end of the night, he asked the DJ to play “All My Life” by K-Ci and Jojo. That is now another one of “our songs.” Each time I hear that one, I remember dancing with him, feeling amazingly and completely in love with him, and feeling overwhelmed with the beautiful possibilities our future together held.

A few years later, we claimed another song. This one, by Justin Timberlake, is called simply “My Love.” I liked the song immediately when I heard it, and when Bill and I went through a rough time, he wrote me another letter in which he quoted the entire song. Even though the song sort of represents the beginning of a relationship, it works for us, because the sentiments fit us. I even downloaded part of the song as a ringtone for hubby’s phone calls. Each time he calls me, I hear “I can see us holding hands, walking on the beach, our toes in the sand. I can see us on the country side, sitting on the grassland, side by side. You could be my baby…”

It goes on, but the point is, it’s a little reminder of My Love.

Last night, my wonderful mother in law came to our home to watch our kids so that Bill and I could go out to dinner together. We stayed fairly close to home as our time was limited (since my youngest is still nursing), but we went out to dinner and then just strolled around the mall together, checking things out and doing a little shopping. The really cool part was that since we didn’t have a stroller to push or big kids to corral, we held hands and just enjoyed one another. It was amazing to connect with him again on that level.

The simple act of holding hands, it seems, is more intimate than you’d expect. The energy generated and passed between two people in that situation can be intense and wonderful.

Before I write a novel, let me get to my point. As you pursue passion and fulfillment in your life, take time to notice and nurture the relationships you have. If you’re a parent, remember to look at your spouse as your lover, your companion, your partner, your friend. Don’t forget to take care of your marriage, because not only will YOU and your spouse benefit from it, but so will your children. If you’re not married or in a relationship, look to your friends and family. Take a few minutes to be grateful for the people in your life, and take steps toward strengthening your relationships. This is one more action that you can take to bring yourself closer to personal fulfillment. Hold someone’s hand today.

In honor of my sweet love, please enjoy the full lyrics of “My Love” by Justin Timberlake:

My Love

Ain’t another woman that can take your spot my-

If I wrote you a symphony,
Just to say how much you mean to me (what would you do?)
If I told you you were beautiful
Would you date me on the regular (tell me, would you?)
Well, baby I’ve been around the world
But I ain’t seen myself another girl (like you)
This ring here represents my heart
But there’s just one thing I need from you (say “I do”)

[Chorus]
Yeah, because
I can see us holding hands
Walking on the beach, our toes in the sand
I can see us on the countryside
Sitting on the grass, laying side by side
You could be my baby, let me make you my lady
Girl, you amaze me
Ain’t gotta do nothing crazy
See, all I want you to do is be my love
(So don’t give away) My love
(So don’t give away) My love
(So don’t give away) Ain’t another woman that can take your spot, my love
(So don’t give away) My love
(So don’t give away) My love
(So don’t give away) Ain’t another woman that can take your spot, my love

Ooooh, girl
My love
My love

Now, if I wrote you a love note
And made you smile with every word I wrote (what would you do?)
Would that make you want to change your scene
And wanna be the one on my team (tell me, would you?)
See, what’s the point of waiting anymore?
Cause girl I’ve never been more sure (that baby, it’s you)
This ring here represents my heart
And everything that you’ve been waiting for (just say “I do”)

[Chorus]
Yeah, because
I can see us holding hands
Walking on the beach, our toes in the sand
I can see us on the countryside
Sitting on the grass, laying side by side
You could be my baby, let me make you my lady
Girl, you amaze me
Ain’t gotta do nothing crazy
See, all I want you to do is be my love
(So don’t give away) My love
(So don’t give away) My love
(So don’t give away) Ain’t another woman that can take your spot, my love
(So don’t give away) My love
(So don’t give away) My love
(So don’t give away) Ain’t another woman that can take your spot, my love

Ooooh, girl
My love
My love

[T.I.’s rap]
Shorty, cool as a fan
On the new once again
Still has fan from Peru to Japan
Listen baby, I don’t wanna ruin your plan
If you got a man, try to lose him if you can
Cause your girls real wild through your hands up high
Wanna come kick it wit a stand up guy
You don’t really wanna let the chance go by
Because you ain’t been seen wit a man so fly
Friend so fly i can go fly
Private, cause I handle mine
Call me candle guy, simply because I am on fire
I hate to have to cancel my vacation so you can’t deny
I’m patient, but I ain’t gonna try
You don’t come, I ain’t gonna die
Hold up, what you mean, you can’t go why?
Me and you boyfriend we ain’t no tie
You say you wanna kick it with an ace so high
Baby, you decide that I ain’t your guy
Ain’t gon lie ,Me in your space
But forget your face, I swear I will
Same mark, same bullet anywhere I chill
Just bring wit me a pair, I will

[Chorus]
I can see us holding hands
Walking on the beach, our toes in the sand
I can see us on the countryside
Sitting on the grass, laying side by side
You could be my baby, let me make you my lady
Girl, you amaze me
Ain’t gotta do nothing crazy
See, all I want you to do is be my love
(Love) My love
(Love) My love
(Love) Ain’t another woman that can take your spot, my love
(Love) My love
(Love) My love
(Love) Ain’t another woman that can take your spot, my love

Ooooh, girl
My love
My love

Learn it, live it, love it!
xoxo

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4 Responses to I can see us holding hands…

  1. Love that song! Love that it is your hubby’s ringtone. You little sweeties.

  2. It’s always nice when you get the chance to rekindle a little of the passion and love that brought you together in the first place.

    Nothing else like holding and and strolling with the one you love:)

  3. Strengthening our relationships is certainly a key to living life to its fullest. And being in a place of Gratitude for all the amazing relationships in our lives is the ultimate key. Life is filled with so many blessings….it’s up to us to see them.

    Beautifully said, once again!!

    Many Blessings….Roxanne & Hugo

  4. Trust is the key to have success relationships….by the way thank you for the comment to my post.

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