My Whole Life, Too

A friend sent me a link to singer Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of the 1961 Elvis Presley classic, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” The video looks like a young bride-to-be’s fantasy. But knowing my friend, a sixty-something retired partner in an accounting firm she co-founded, a budding artist, and married for 40+ years to man roughly 12 years her senior, I looked for something in her missive beyond a bride’s rosy lens.

It was there, all right, and it hit me squarely between the eyes.

“Take my hand, take my whole life, too.”

Layers of meaning only discernible by the long-married, such as my friend, such as myself, also a sixty-something year old married for 30 years to a man I adore who is 14 years my senior. Can we ever see our end in our beginning?

4 thoughts on “My Whole Life, Too

  1. I sure enjoyed watching this video the other day (by the way, I like this newest branch of your thoughts and can relate). Then I ended up entertaining my sleepy, month-old grandson, and naturally I started singing the song. Never having been a real Elvis fan, I’m now indebted to him (and the lady singer from here), for helping little Edmund relax and take his nap.


  2. I love this version of this song. I love it when a gifted, capable singer does a cover of an old favorite and really rocks the depths of the lyrics. This song takes me to my past, when I first heard Elvis sing it and when I still believed I could have the promise of that kind of love. Now I look back on past loves and years of being single, not with regret but with appreciation for the ability to love and how powerful love is, not matter what we do with it.

    Love the new blog, dear Beth. I’d follow you anywhere.


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