Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Not Too Young at All

Nate King Cole is one of my favorite singers. He sings in several different genres. Some of his songs of peppy and some are pensive. All are memorable.

My favorite Nate King Cole song would be Unforgettable. It is our (i.e., Mr. Hippie's and My) Song. Capitol S Song.

"That's why darlin' it's incredible, that someone so unforgettable, thinks that I am, unforgettable too."

One of my oldest (span, not age) friends, sang that at our wedding. And, I actually got the word unforgettable engraved on the inside of Mr. Hippie's wedding band with our wedding date. Kind of secret code-ish.

My second favorite Nat King Cole song would be

They try to tell us we're too young
Too young to really be in love
They say that love's a word
A word we've only heard
But can't begin to know the meaning of

And yet we're not too young to know
This love will last though years may go
And then some day they may recall
We were not too young at all

I love this song. It would fall into the pensive category. I don't love it for the lyrics or the tune. I love it for the memories of someone very dear.
Our wedding-they had just celebrated their 68th anniversary

Every time I hear this song I think of Aunt Elsie. She was a dear, dear old woman, whom I had the privilege to know and love. I have mentioned her before.

She was Scottish, and she had great stories to tell anyone who would listen. Her full name was Elspeth and she embodied the Scottish brogue. 

Aunt Elsie met her husband, Bob, when she was 16 or so. They were attracted to each other, but Aunt Elsie was not a believer. In Bob's mind that made dating a no-go. He took the unequal yoke idea very seriously. Time passed, and God drew Aunt Elsie to Himself. She believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior from sin, and as the source of eternal life.

This was awesome on many levels! But, in particular, it meant she was now available to Bob. They dated for a while, and then eloped on July 16, 1932. Aunt Elsie was only 18. 

Here is the unusual part of the story. They eloped, but they kept it a secret-for over 3 months. Aunt Elsie kept living with her granny, and Bob kept living wherever he was living. 

Until at church one night, it kind of slipped out. Bob touched Elsie, and someone gave him a hard time about it. He replied, "why shouldn't I touch my wife?" Ooops. The cat was out of the bag...

They moved in together in an apartment above Elsie's granny, and the rest is history. 

Sort of.
My Elsie. Her outfit matched because the top and bottom both had flowers.

You may ask, "so, why does this Nat King Cole song remind you of the Faulkners?" 

The story goes on something like this:

As news of Bob and Elsie's secret marriage came out, a lot of tongues started wagging. The old women were sure it wouldn't last. They were both too young.

Fast forward 70 plus years later. Here I am, sitting on the Faulkner's couch, listening to this story, again-for maybe the 20th time. And Aunt Elsie is laughing. She had an wonderful sense of humor and she couldn't wait to tell all those old ladies up in heaven just how long her marriage to Bob had lasted. 71 years. Wow! I am still blown away by that.

They were not too young at all...

So, every time this song starts, I grin, and I remember Aunt Elsie. I still miss her like crazy. It has been 9 years now. She would have been 100 this year. I picture her up in heaven giving all those old ladies a hard time. "You thought we were too young, did you?"

She set an amazing example of love for her husband, and love for the Lord. The two loves were intertwined in her mind. Love wasn't just an idea, or a warm fuzzy concept. Love was a choice. It was a commitment. It was a journey, and it lasted their lifetime and beyond. 

What memories do you have that are intertwined with songs? Share one with me...