This song was written for my wife Lisa. It tells the story of our history – when we were engaged to be married in 1989. For some reason, I walked away from the relationship, while she carried on and eventually married, had two children and divorced in 2011.
It was a Saturday morning on November 19th, 2011, around 9:00 AM, when I read the Facebook message from her that just said, ‘We sucked as a couple, but were not so bad as friends–you always made me laugh. 20 years later I am mature enough to know that!’
It was good to hear from her after all these years…and I let her know. We continued to re-build our friendship which eventually developed into us being married on November 19, 2017.
One of the things I held onto from our ‘Round 1’ relationship was an old black and white photo which was kept in a safe. So many times over the years I wondered about her and wondered how her life turned out. In the photo she was wearing a dark blouse with a string of pearls. I best remember her in some jeans where we met at the East Hartford Police Station. I was a Police Explorer Advisor and we both worked for the town.
Such a good idea for a song…so I wrote it and it all just started flowing very naturally. I guess some of the best real life stories would do just that if you were telling it to someone else – which is how I tackled this song.
So many things have changed over the years…as did our aging process. I guess it was meant to be and I will always wonder what it would have been like if we married back then.