I discovered the Indigo Girls at University via my friend Elspeth and it’s been the start of a long love affair. I love their harmonies, their lyrics, the poetry and power behind their songs. I also love that when I am in a strong emotional mood, one of their songs will inevitably speak to me and lead me out towards the light and a sense of balance again.
It wasn’t a good weekend at Chez Shandy. My husband and I realised that we’re headed for a lean month financially and had one or two crises to sort out. But as always in times like this, I realise that I married the right person and we can weather any storm of this sort so long as we’re together and working together to make things better. It’s never a nice thing having to discuss bad news and disappointments with the person you love, because you want to see them happy and making them sad is the most disgusting sort of gut punch. But this song reminds me why I am blessed to be able to have those conversations and why they are the secret to success in a happy marriage.
“Now we’re talking ’bout a difficult thing
And our eyes are getting wet
But I took us for better and I took us for worse
And don’t you ever forget it.
The steel bars between me and a promise
Suddenly bend with ease
And the closer I’m bound in love to you
The closer I am to free…”
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