The Song

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The Song                                                                                                           {A short story by Patty Beggs 2015}

As Amanda was picking up the toys that were strewn all over the floor, a song came on the radio.  It was the song that would always transport her back to that summer.   

As the familiar song played in the background she remembered another time and another place where she heard that song.  Soon she was back to that summer of 1970, the summer she turned 16 and the boy who would steal her heart.   

School had been out for a few weeks as the summer routine stated to settle into summer time fun.  This was the summer at the lake where she would met Matthew. 

Matthew and his family had just moved into the military post where both of their fathers were stationed.  He looked a bit older than his 16 yrs, tall, confident with the deepest brown eyes she ever saw.   

As Matthew arrived to the beach area at the lake near the post where they lived, Amanda quickly invited him to join her and her friends.  As a special song played they all introduced themselves to him and eagerly offered to show him the ropes of the post. Joey would know all too soon what it would be like to be the new kid again, he just finished telling everyone his father was being transferred and this would be his last summer there. 

Summer continued on, Matthew and Amanda always showing up at the same places.  It seemed fate was throwing them together. It was inevitable that Amanda fell in love with Matthew. 

Joey had left soon after, followed by Ann whose father had been killed in Vietnam, her mother was moving her little family back home to Idaho. Reality set in to everyone there.  Especially to Amanda, along with her best friend Ellie and her two other friends Michael and Laura who just found out their fathers would also be leaving soon for a tour of duty in Vietnam.  A few days later Matthew found out his father also had orders.  It would become not only a long summer but a long year of uncertainty for Amanda and for those she care about.    

By the end of summer Amanda and Matthew were inseparable, bonded by knowledge that their fathers may not return. That special song soon became their song as they clung to each other for support in the months ahead.   

Matthew was with Amanda when she said good-bye to her father and she was with him when he said goodbye to his father. The next 11 months of watching the news and waiting for their father’s return would become unbearable.  During this time they found young love.  Their special song would be a reminder along with the ring Matthew gave to Amanda that summer for the promise of a young enduring love. 

Summer turned into autumn, then winter and soon spring.  Fathers were returning home and one day her own father came home.  The same day Matthew and his family got word that his father was killed in action. 

Soon after Matthew’s mother left the post and returned home to Pennsylvania and Amanda’s father was transferred to Washington state.  They wrote each other and spoke on the phone often.  Soon Matthew enlisted in the Army and Amanda went to nursing school. And at what always happens life got busy and soon they lost touch. 

Amanda never took off the ring Matthew gave her that summer, it was a constant reminder of a lost love and deep friendship. 

Matthew kept a picture of a girl next to him as he went from post to post a reminder of lost love and deep friendship.   

Every time a special song would play both Amanda and Matthew would think of how they found love in the summer of 1970. 

Years went by and Amanda got a new job at the Army Military Hospital where she once lived.  It would be there 10 years later that she will find love one summer afternoon at a lake. 

A young man, tall, confident with the deepest brown eyes she had not seen in over 10 years walked in, just as a special song began playing.   

As Amanda thought back to the summer day 45 years ago she felt the touch of the man who stole her heart in 1970, as he hugged her and sang along to the words. They had kept a promise of enduring love they made to each other all those years ago. 

Soon grandchildren came running in as the older couple continued dancing. In the midst of laughter and chatter from little children, they only saw the young lovers they were in 1970.

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12 Responses to The Song

  1. Tiny says:

    How beautiful and touching.

  2. What a beautiful, romantic and touching story…. Diane

  3. crystl says:

    omg patty this is a great short story, had me drawn in from the start,i’m going to post a few of my poems

  4. Debbie M. says:

    This is the love that we all long to find: Love that endures and even grows sweeter with the passing years. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a beautiful Story of Love Patty, it warmed my heart, Ron and I have a song (see below) and it is how I feel about him and always will but how wonderful that God Loves us even greater than we do our Loved ones, His Love has no limits and it was not the nails that held Jesus on the cross it was His Love for us.
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    Sorry Patty, I haven’t received your latest Posts, but I just clicked follow again so you should receive notification, I think this time it was because of the change of my e-mail Address.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

    • Patty B says:

      I could not open the webpage, it said it was incomplete. Tom and I of coarse had our song too, it was not one we heard together but on the card he gave me when we got engaged and he gave me my ring. “We’ve Only Just Begun” by the Carpenters. I still have that card (and all the others he gave me in 35 yrs!)

      • What Webpage couldn’t you open Patty ? do you mean the song that I posted above , I’m listening to it now or do you mean my Blog or yours?.

        “We’ve Only Just Begun” is beautiful too, I think both songs go together don’t you.

        Blessings – Anne.

  6. Patty B says:

    It was your link for the song, but I have it now. It must not have worked with my ipad. – Tom and I also loved this song. They sure don’t make them like this anymore!! Beautiful song!

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