Sunday, May 13, 2012

Brighter Than The Sun

"Tonight, we are young. We can set the world on fire. We can burn brighter than the sun."

Driving home tonight in the setting sun. Full of tandoori chicken and saag paneer and sunshine and all the good things this life holds, we chatted quietly in the front seat while the monkeys thumb wrestled in the back. The radio played as a backdrop, mostly ignored.

And then we heard a steady, catchy beat. We are not the hippest of cats, not caught up on the latest of everything new. What is this? we wondered and listened on.

The song, as a whole, had little to do with our lives or our loves. But there in the hook, it carried us over its bridge and we listened. Somehow in the fading springtime light, in the center of a stranger's voice, we found a spot we've been forever. We found the space where it is us and we are together and that is all that matters.

The last few years have been hard. The last few weeks have been full of stress. It's so easy to lose the beat of things that matter. The heartbeat of your love. The rhythm of the life you've built together. And sometimes, in a moment of doing nothing much important at all, it comes back. You're in the place you vowed you'd always be. By your true love's side, holding hands while he drives, and discovering new music together.

"Tonight," we sang, "we are young."
"We can set the world on fire.
We can burn brighter
than the sun."


  1. Mo ment s

    I stretch them out so that they last longer .... ... .. .

  2. Medicine for our souls. I love this song. I even love the Glee version. Glad you got your tandoori and your groove back, if even for a moment.

  3. Wonderful!!! xoxo Even more wonderful that you two enjoyed this moment together, with your monkeys nearby. I agree, it can be easy to lose the heartbeat (great way to say that! and get lost in stress, etc. Wishing you every speck of refreshment you need. Although, I suspect you have found it. xoxo

  4. I love these moments. When all seems absolutely as it should be. (:

  5. I love it when life reminds us what is improtant and why!

  6. Hand holding is so simple, but it just makes everything better. I love the way our hands fit together. Even when I'm mad, my husband will take my hand and I will still be mad, but also secure in the knowledge that he gets it and loves me still.

    And I love, love, love that song.

  7. This song came on the radio today, and I made my mom go through with letting me listen and sing along to it..

    In short, please know this song is stuck in my head. For the last TWO days...

  8. I feel Larissa's pain and then some--I adore the song, but my daughter and her boyfriend own the album on every imaginable format (including two different vinyl versions!) so I've heard it eighty-two gazillion times in the past few months and NOW it's on the radio too. It's never ever leaving my head. ;)


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