I think the most beautiful moments in life are the ones you don’t plan. They’re the ones that just happen, and you know in your heart it’s a one-time thing and you just have to appreciate it.
Mr. R’s birthday is this week. Years ago, I surprised him with a trip to Univeral Studios in Orlando. This time of year, they celebrate Mardi Gras and they have a whole schedule of performers throughout the season. To which I paid no attention as I made my plans. I just picked the weekend closest to his actual birthday.
So on the day we went, the Bonnie Raitt show was included in our admission ticket. Which we thought, okay, no big deal. Maybe we’ll hit it, maybe we won’t. After all, roller coasters await.
However, when it came time for the show, we ended up near the concert venue and we thought, why not? I think a lot of people thought the same thing because for a while it was crowded. Little by little, though, people drifted away. It was cool if not actually cold. And we were all just standing there on the pavement. But as space opened up, we moved closer and closer to the stage for what turned into an intimate concert experience.
Then she began to play I Can’t Make You Love Me. Which is a beautiful, sad song, really. But her voice, on that night, with me standing in front of Mr. R, his arms wrapped around me to keep me warm, was magical. I’ll never forget it as long as I live.
Here’s to Mr. R and his birthday. I love you more!
I hope you’re staying warm this winter weekend, and that you’re surrounded by those you love. Be sure to give them a hug.
Happy Saturday night!