From The Storyteller
Oct. 28, 2019, Fool
“I have been a fool for lesser things”, are words found in the song The Longest Time by Billy Joel (1983). It was released 36 years ago, and every time I hear those words I smile (I do own the CD). It’s basically a love song that acknowledges the risks that come when people enter into a relationship, and affirms the joy that can be experienced from it, as worth the risk.
My smile comes from the fact that the first time I heard this song was about the time Elaine and I were beginning to develop our relationship. I could relate to the phrase “I have been a fool for lesser things”, and it was one of those subtle nudges that encouraged me to trust my feelings. She has been my bride for 35+ years.
When two people connect is often called love. For me that word is incomplete. I can use the word “love” for chili, our flower garden, and Elaine’s singing, but that love is nowhere near the satisfying fullness I experience from our connection.
While the terms “soul mates” and “oneness” are often used to describe this connection, the sense of some mystical happening actually brings me back to the word “magic”. Which leads me to the word “fool”, because after spending hours trying to write and re-write several hundred word to describe this magic, I’m no closer to putting words to it than when I began.
My conclusion is - Be thankful for the artists, song writers, poets, and musicians who make it possible to give the world a taste of the magic that two people experience when that connection is made.
Moral: Sometimes words can only point us in a direction.