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Musical Memories #AtoZChallenge 2017

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Day 21, April 25

The time: Summer 1972
The place: Toronto suburbs, Canada / Bochum, Germany

If you read the ‘D’ post, you’ll know that hubby and I had started dating in October 1971, after a rocky first meeting seven months earlier.

Life was wonderful until the following spring, when my mother informed me that she and I would be going to Germany that summer, to visit her parents again. Imagine my devastation! (Just like the ‘C’ post.) Crying and pleading didn’t work, so off we flew, as soon as school was over.

Elvis Presley’s rendition of ‘Until It’s Time For You To Go’ was getting lots of airplay. How appropriate!

Misery and longing overwhelmed me. My boyfriend wrote letters, but the contents were disturbing. His relatives, (old-world Italians), were determined to turn him against me and fill his head with wrong ideas. Fortunately, he trusted me and did not believe for one minute that I was “partying, getting drunk and screwing around”, per their accusations.

We moved in together less than a year later and got married in August, 1973. It’s been more than four decades. So much for the naysayers!


Can true love ever be denied?

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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50 thoughts on “UNTIL ITS TIME FOR YOU TO GO | #AtoZCHALLENGE (U) #MusicalMemories

  1. Debbie, Oh, my! That retro photo of you two is priceless and I so love happy endings! I’m delighted y’all were able to disprove the naysayers to finding love and happiness for more than four decades. Don’t you ever ask, how did that happen? lol The years just slip away like blur, don’t they? Thanks for sharing another fabulous memory through mewsic!

  2. I remember 1972. I turned 7 that summer. My oldest brother had just graduated high school, and the brother younger than him wanted to join the Army, but was too young. He begged and pleaded (and even ran away from home!) to get my dad to sign the paperwork that would allow him to join. Dad finally relented, on the condition that my oldest brother join with him. So both older brothers enlisted in 1972. I’ll always remember them coming home on leave. My oldest brother would pick me up and twirl me around. We had a strong emotional bond, even with the 10 years age difference.

  3. The parting you endured reminds me of my parents. They did not have parents talking negatively but my dad did have his brother and other family members talking negatively against my mom saying the same thing plus adding she will stay there. My mom went over in 1960 because she had trouble with her thyroid and she was under her father’s health care so she left and ended up staying for 6 months. They wrote each other love letters which I have and cherish because it’s so romantic. Actually when I read some of the letters I found out my mom caught pneumonia over there and almost died. In fact, she wrote they called in the minister! I had no idea until the last 5 years and when I asked my mom, she remembered this and said she did almost die and then said she was lucky. The nice thing, she came back in October and 9 months later my brother was born.

    1. That’s quite an ordeal your Mom went through, Birgit! How wonderful that she got healthy again and reunited with your Dad. Must have been a good celebration. 😀

    1. Thanks, Tamara. 🙂 Physically, I was 18 but always felt much older, even as a child. Plus, I had experienced more of life in that time than a lot of other people.

  4. I still love Elvis’ songs.
    You two look radiant together… than and now.
    I don’t believe in true love. Not in India. Sorry, I’ve been turned into a cynic in that respect. 🙂
    Happy AtoZing!

    1. Elvis’ music is timeless. Thanks for the compliment. 🙂 I’m a cynic in general and wouldn’t have believed it either, but true love did happen, in our case. I’m surprised that arranged marriages are still so common in India. Can’t understand why people are willing to marry strangers.

    1. A very Happy 40th Anniversary in advance, Myke! 🙂 I don’t think anyone could have afforded Elvis, but maybe an impersonator. That would have been cool.

  5. That pic of the two of you at the end is simply magical to watch… and this song is so beautiful and romantic 🙂
    Sadly, what you call old-Italian is still the mindset of so many in modern-India 🙁 Sigh…when will we change.

  6. I love reading about you and the hubs and how you got together and stayed together despite all the obstacles in your way like his family trying to turn him against you. True love conquers all!

    I also love that Buffy St. Marie song you picked. It’s so emotional and powerful. Rita, one of our sopranos is singing that song as a solo for our choir concerts this season as we’re doing all Canadian music. Happy A to Z ing! We’re almost at the end! Whoopeee!

    1. Thanks, Cathy. 🙂 We were lucky to have found each other. That is a beautiful song and I’m sure your friend will do it justice. Great idea for a Canadian music theme, given the 150th birthday celebrations this year. Enjoy!

  7. True love cannot be denied, Debbie! I love the then and now photos! And I used to enjoy Elvis’ songs. These days I only like a few of them. A favorite being “Can’t help falling in love with you” I also loved the UB40 version. Hugs! Skipped most of last week’s AtoZ (travel, work) and am catching up with my favorite blogs now.

    1. Thanks, Vidya. 🙂 I’m honoured you consider this a favourite blog. Welcome back! The UB40 version of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’ was new to me. It has a cool reggae vibe. Enjoy!

  8. Congratulations on proving those naysayers wrong. Love Elvis and you’re right this song was definitely appropriate.

    1. Haha! We showed them! 😀 Thanks for your support throughout the month, Susanne. I’m hoping to get caught up in the next couple of days. Sorry for the late response.

  9. Ya gotta love those old-world Italians. Every woman is a tramp in their minds. I heard so much of this crap growing up. Glad it all worked out for you.

  10. And here we have another parallel happening! I left for Italy in June 1972, (you know how tormented my naive love life was—it seemed that everyone had a right to put in their two-cents’ worth, from relatives to friends to bare acquaintances! ) with results that were not so “happily-ever-after”! And I am so sorry to say (and you do know how much sorry) that four decades later, I find myself wishing that I had been stronger and that my “one-and-only” had been less influenceable.
    Needless to say, I am ultra-happy for you two…seeing that I lived through the early tough times with you guys! There is hope in this world!
    p.s. my song was “La lontananza” by Domenico Modugno. how fitting!

    1. I’m sorry things didn’t turn out the way you wanted, Bianca. 🙁 Interference by others has screwed up many a relationship. Luckily for me, hubby wasn’t buying his relatives’ bullshit. They sure tried to break us up for a long time. ((HUGS)) back and this is for you:

          1. Don’t worry about that…as you can tell, I’ve loved this month and have made efforts to get to it frequently. It is inevitable that memories, even the good ones, will always be bitter-sweet, just for the fact that they are memories. Have a great Sunday…

            1. Thanks, Bianca. 🙂 I loved all of your comments and am finally making my way through the last few posts. Hope to see you sometime soon, in person.

  11. This is such a lovely song. I’d forgotten all about it. Didn’t Willie Nelson later do a version of this? For some reason that I don’t completely remember, I’ve always thought of 1972 as an extra special year for me–a favorite year. But those were a lot of good years back then. Congratulations to you and your husband for maintaining such a long lasting marriage. Kind of rare in our time it seems.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. This song was written by Canadian artist, Buffy Sainte-Marie, in 1965. I wasn’t aware of Willie’s version but found it on Youtube. Might be good for a future BOTB. 🙂 Thanks for the good wishes; hard to believe it’s been that long. We certainly have been fortunate.