During some of my high school and college years, I worked in a flower shop. Those years gave me a whole new way of looking at Valentine’s Day, or in shop lingo, “V. Day.”
V. Day meant at least twelve-hour shifts at minimum wage (at that time, $4.25/hour), tired feet, swollen fingers that were cut by thorns. Valentine’s Day meant standing at the counter creating one arrangement after the other of one dozen long-stem red roses in a vase.
Later on, after I left the flower shop, Valentine’s Day again became a day I could look forward to. (Though from the beginning of our relationship, I asked my husband never to buy me red roses for Valentine’s Day).
Valentine’s Day is the day of love. But, where do we learn about love? From our parents? The movies? Books? Our friends? Probably a mix of all of those.
But also from music. My husband and I don’t have one song that we consider “ours.” We have multiple songs that each have a special meaning for us.
A few years ago, one of my personal essays, “A Blue-Jeans Type of Marriage,” was included in a special anthology. (The title for my essay was inspired by Neil Diamond’s “Forever in Blue Jeans.”) Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs, edited by Laura Roberts, includes a variety of stories that, as said in the book’s introduction, are “all about love. Love hard won, love lost, love unrequited, love that lasts, and love that’s just a fading dream.”
And now readers, it’s your turn. Feel free to share any favorite love songs in the comments section.
Wishing you all a Valentine’s Day filled with sweetness, feel-good tunes, and smiles!
2 thoughts on “Life, Love, and Pop Songs”
I worked retail for a few years. Holiday music filled the stores Thanksgiving until the end of New Year’s Day, people filled the aisles and the levels of good will among customers and employees alike plummeted. By the time Christmas arrived my co-workers and I were so over the holidays. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All? Not in any place I worked. I’d never considered V-Day might cause similar problems. Thank you, Wendy, for once again calling my attention to obvious yet mostly unseen. BEAUTIFUL! As for favorite songs, Dougie MacLean’s ‘This Love Will Carry’ always restores me. Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-NKZd6zDJo
Thank you, John, for sharing this song! So comforting!