Word-High July: Harana

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David and I started going together during the week leading up to my 16th birthday and had our first official date on my birthday.  We had been going together for about a month when there was a misunderstanding.  I didn’t know how to answer his questions and he didn’t know how to take my lack of an answer.  Due to poor advisement, he broke up with me.  It wasn’t the first time since I had met him at the beginning of my 9th grade year that poor judgment had been at play, but that is a long story for another time.

Anyway, we were broken up for I guess about three months.  This brings us to December 1981.  I’d had enough of this because I had not wanted to be broken up in the first place.  I spent the night with one of my cousins and we called him.  We started playing 45rpm records (old timey CDs for you young, post-vinyl folks!).  We would play a record and David would play a record in return.  It was a 70 miles apart serenade.  Finally, I played an Elvis song called “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”   It must have struck a nerve with him because by Christmas break, we were going together again.  We’ve been together ever since.

So, cheers for the two cousins that played a part in bringing us back together – T.S. and Elvis!

Disclaimer: These Filipino word images are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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25 Responses to Word-High July: Harana

  1. rosemawrites says:

    awwww. such an awesome story! that’s what music can do, eh? 😀

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  2. Nashrah says:

    What a sweet story!

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  3. Davy D says:

    A great story Suzanne. I love how we can track the most important moments in our lives with music.

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  4. awwwwwwwwwwww….a great story….I have been with my David since I was 15-16 as well…smiles–Have a beautiful day, friend.

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  5. maria says:

    Awwww… Too sweet! Geez, I’m just a hopeless romantic that your story is playing in my head up until now. ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. edshunnybunny says:

    What a sweet story! I’d never thought of playing each other a song before. Neat idea! I’m so glad your idea struck a cord within your future hubby 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

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    • celticmama36 says:

      Thank you. 🙂 Music has always been a big part of our life together.

      You’re welcome. I post my Wednesday Hodgepodge post on PS Annie! It is linked in the menu bar of McClendon Villa. Have a blessed day. 🙂


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