It is Valentine’s Day. My wife, Brenda, and I have plans to begin our evening with a quiet candlelight dinner. We will share with each other those special thoughts, those heartfelt feelings, and speak of things that warm our hearts and souls.
We will talk about the good times. We will easily remember our trip to Harper’s Ferry when we walked for an hour in the rain, and bought ice cream in the little country store. We might speak of our night on Broadway in New York City on New Year’s Eve, when we ate at the little neighborhood delicatessen.
Broken Together: As I was delivering singing Valentines yesterday, I was traveling in Augusta County and flipping through radio stations. This song came on and as I listened, I decided I needed to pull off on the country road and really listen. I did … then I had a good cry, blew my nose, and went back to singing love songs.
This day is always a hard one when you don’t have a valentine. Then again, I believe when you are with the right person, every day could feel like a special day if you let it. This is such a beautiful, beautiful song … “maybe you and I were never meant to be complete, but could we just be broken together?” I know I’ll never be fully complete on this side of heaven, but I hope in time I will find someone willing to be broken together with me. There’s so much life to be lived.
In the meantime, I will stay busy singing for my love bird friends who remind me that there is love, and second chances.
—– Kathy Walton Lafon has been Director of Music and Worship at Memorial Baptist Church in Staunton for the past 18 years. In her spare time, she delivers singing telegrams, acts in local musicals, and has taught piano to many. A music major at James Madison University, she was lead singer of the Rumours Band for almost 20 years and continues to be a favorite entertainer around the Shenandoah Valley. Kathy and her son live in Staunton.