Fourteen years ago today, Dennis and I were married at Our Lady of the Assumption in the Bronx. It was a day very much like today — sunny, windy, a little chilly. Everything about our wedding day was perfect, from the carefully picked readings and songs at Mass to the Italian restaurant where we had a small reception. (OK, maybe everything was perfect except for the level of noise and fake smoke emanating from the DJ’s set-up. Good old Frankie Finesse.)
This morning, as the kids were getting ready for school, Dennis was blasting “Difficult to Cure,” Rainbow’s version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, in honor of our special day. We walked out of the church to the more sedate version of “Ode to Joy” and into the reception to the pounding version of the same song. Dennis and I joked today that we were probably the only ones in the place who got the connection. Somehow that made it even more special, like an inside joke that only the two of us got at the time.
Tonight we are going to go to a little Indian restaurant in town, a reminder of our weekly outings to Panna in Greenwich Village during the early days of our courtship. We spent many evenings eating papadum, sharing a bottle of Concha y Toro that we had picked up on Astor Place, laughing over the fact that the waiter knew us so well he would make sure I always had a big fork at my place setting. Funny the things that used to bother me. Now I’d be happy to eat with a stick from the backyard just to have a quiet meal and conversation away from the kids for an hour.
So, on this anniversary day, I’d like to share this verse from our beautiful wedding song, “Emotionally Yours,” by Bob Dylan. You can actually hear it by clicking HERE.
“Come baby, rock me, come baby, lock me into the shadows of your heart.
Come baby, teach me, come baby, reach me, let the music start.
I could be dreaming but I keep believing you’re the one I’m livin’ for.
And I will always be emotionally yours.
It’s like my whole life never happened,
When I see you, it’s as if I never had a thought.
I know this dream, it might be crazy,
But it’s the only one I’ve got.”
Happy Anniversary, Sweetie.