Today my husband makes me an honorable woman once again. Since we are five years and one month apart in age, we've spent most of our friendship, courtship and marriage in different decades. Most of the time it isn't a problem. SOMETIMES it is a problem…a BIG problem.
One of the places I notice the problem is with music from the 80s. We do not share the same memories of music. We do not wax nostalgic about the same music. We did not like the same groups. He clearly loves the music of the 80s and I, well, I am a 70s chick. Where H might like and know the music of Cher, I am going to know the music of Sonny and Cher. Where he might know Hall & Oates, I am going to know Seals & Croft.
This happens with 80s movies too. I'm missing at least five years from the 80s movies. For me, the movies didn't reappear until the late 80s.
I suppose we are all marked by the music that was popular when we were in teens but, honestly, H and I were not teens at the same time. The people I graduated with were listening to lots of music but my bands were Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Queen, The Eagles, BTO, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pat Benatar, Meatloaf, The Electric Light Orchestra, Kansas, Peter Frampton, Neil Diamond, John Denver, and Jim Croce…Captain & Tennille, Bee Gees, Wings… Our songs were "Blinded by the Light," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Tonight's the Night," "You Light Up My Life,"Reunited," "Rock with You," "Silly Love Songs," "Shake Your Booty," "Le Freak," ….
and then beside all of that, COUNTRY was cool and was played on Top 40 stations…and MOST of us knew all the words to trucker songs.
Five years isn't much when you are in your 40s but it is strange when I think that…
well, it is just strange…
Wow! I really got off course.
Handsome turned 40 today. He reports a nice day. I'm so glad. We're melancholies and on a big birthday it could go either way. I'm glad his was nice. I had a trick or two up my sleeves for him and his workplace decorated and put signs out…nice.
I just considered it "good" if he had too much attention called to him and he was embarrassed but not ashamed.
He got to party at work and got off early. Early this evening we went to eat Indian food with our friend, Erich. Good food. Good friend.
Friday, we are having a few people over for dinner and games to celebrate the birthday boy. I sure am lucky.