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Easier to leave than to talk?

This week I am doing something a little different! I want to look at the song

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes.

I was tired of my lady

We'd been together too long

Hmmm, what can be said about this? Tired? Really? Been together too long?

Like a worn-out recording

Of a favorite song

Is the guy is saying he was not planning on being in this relationship forever? What is "too long?" Even though she is still his “favorite” the relationship has lost its “shiny newness.”

So while she lay there sleeping

I read the paper in bed

Because he is bored with the relationship while she is sleeping right beside him, he is going to scout out for a better mate.

And in the personal columns

There was this letter I read

"If you like piña coladas

And getting caught in the rain

If you're not into yoga

If you have half a brain

If you like making love at midnight

In the dunes on the cape

Then I'm the love that you've looked for Write to me, and escape"

At this point, he finds a letter that “ticks all his boxes" so ….

I didn't think about my lady

I know that sounds kind of mean

But me and my old lady

Had fallen into the same old dull routine

He recognizes that at the very least not thinking about his significant other might be mean but in the end, doesn’t matter and he is justified because the relationship has become stale and boring.

So I wrote to the paper

Took out a personal ad

He decides it’s best to write back to this mysterious person and basically walk away from his current situation without so much as a word to his current partner.

And though I'm nobody's poet

I thought it wasn't half bad

The ego on this one is big! He compliments himself on his writing skills...when ALL he has done is COPIED the ad he read! There is really nothing original in his response save for the fact he was able to rhyme “escape” with “tape”!

"Yes, I like piña coladas

And getting caught in the rain

I'm not much into health food

I am into champagne

I've got to meet you by tomorrow noon

And cut through all this red tape

At a bar called O'Malley's

Where we'll plan our escape"

So I waited with high hopes

And she walked in the place

He goes to the bar with the full intention of leaving his current situation for a new relationship only to find out that his current significant other is the author of the personal ad...

I knew her smile in an instant

I knew the curve of her face

It was my own lovely lady ...AND he is okay with that!

And she said, "Aw, it's you"

*mind blown*

SHE was just as unhappy and ALSO took to the personal ads to “escape” from the boredom of her current relationship.

Then we laughed for a moment

And I said, "I never knew"

Apparently, they have a severe problem with communication, and they have never ordered piña coladas when they’ve gone out together! If they both like them so much how is it they didn’t know that about one another? And furthermore – neither seem too upset that the other was looking for a new mate and ready to scrap whatever they had together for someone new!

"That you liked piña coladas

And getting caught in the rain

And the feel of the ocean

And the taste of champagne

If you like making love at midnight

In the dunes on the cape

You're the lady I've looked for

Come with me, and escape"

Don't get me wrong, this is a great tune. Catchy, fun to sing, etc. But every time I hear it, I can't help but wonder - "What if they just talked to each other?" The song doesn't disclose how long they have been together but it has been more than a couple of months by the sounds of it and they still don't know that they both like piña coladas? This just really bugs me.

Don't take for granted the time spent with those closest to you. Talk, listen, ask questions, give answers. Learn about one another, and don't be too quick to throw in the towel. You never know, what you enjoy most might be right in front of you all along!

As always,

Love Lots; Smile Often


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