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Yours Was the First Face That I Saw

I remember a framed knit wall hanging from a place and time in my childhood that read, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” As a youngster, I often pondered this phrase while admiring the filigree and flowers that flowed around it, though I never grasped its true intention. Actually, it didn’t make sense to me, or, at least at that age, I couldn’t make sense of it.

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This month we are celebrating love, and often times a new love, whether human or hobby, inspires a feeling like we just woke up; it creates a sensation punctuated by the palpability that we entered a new reality that previously appeared out of reach or unimaginable.

The Bright Eyes song “The first day of my life” earns it’s way onto our play list as a reflection on the sensation of falling in love, the journey’s we’ve shared with our life companion, and the need we have to continue our times with them, whatever the road may bring.


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It’s a song that indulges those warm, mushy, and often lost-in-the shuffle feelings that keep a couple connected in times of chaos.

“So, I thought I’d let you know. That these things take forever I especially am slow. But I realize that I need you.”

Of course, it’s easy to stumble and get lost in the confusion that life with a family brings. We often misplace the moments that led us to be with the one person who loves us, and we love, the most. While listening to this song I can’t help but wander off in a daydream of pre-kid vacations and other times that helped mark our hearts indelibly with tree carved initials.

Perhaps, I will learn to knit, and fashion this phrase of old on new material as a reminder that each day we wake there is the potential to be touched by an individual or situation that rouses us from our sleep.


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Or, I could design a new statement “Remember the first days of your life, and the ones who are there with you.”

I’ll do both, side-by-side, as a reminder of the love we have, and the potential it creates as we wake each day.


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  • Lovely post – and lovely song. I had never seen the video before, but it’s wonderful!
    My father is full of motivational phrases like “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”, “a winner never quits and a quitter never wins”, “be a shiner not a whiner”, and “today is the first day of the rest of your life”. My sisters and I heard them every day growing up, and now get to enjoy him imparting them on our kids. It’s SO cheesy, but I do think all that love and motivation helped shape my outlook on life in general.

    • Thanks. Ah, the echoing of parental wisdom bouncing around our adult minds and coming out our mouths. I too was shaped by the words/phrases of my parents. Cheesy? Short direct statements tend to stick – the good and the bad. In depth conversations about life are great, but when I’m thinking about giving up on something – it is easier to hear my parents voice saying ‘a winner never quits…’

  • LOVE this song and video. It captures so perfectly all the different kinds of love you can have for the different people in your life or the same person over the course of your life.

    I also really enjoyed the image of a young child trying to understand such a grown-up concept. Brings back memories of my grandparents house and a painting they had in their kitchen of an elderly man praying over bread (https://www.google.com/search?q=man+praying+over+bread+painting&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#biv=i|0;d|cBEcKjZUN9pstM:). I always wondered why that man had such a headache 🙂

    • That’s funny Keri. Thanks for sharing. I can only imagine what passes through my girls minds with all the interesting images that adorn our walls.

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