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Happy anniversary baby, got you on my mind

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The husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last Tuesday.

Like most days, I knew he would call at the end of his brief lunch to say hello. Coincidentally, I suddenly recalled the 1977 Little River Band song “Happy Anniversary.”

“Oh, this will be great,” I thought, as I quickly pulled up the song on YouTube to play it when he called.

I hadn’t thought about that song for more than three decades. (It’s actually creeping closer to four decades, but geez, that makes me sound really old.) The Australian Little River Band was just beginning to tour the United States and produce hit singles in the U.S and Australia during my last two years of high school. The song “Happy Anniversary” was one of their first hit singles; and though Steve and I lived in different states and wouldn’t meet for another 10 years, it was popular enough that everyone in our era would remember it playing on the radio.

Steve and I are different in many ways. He listened to a lot of rock and southern rock, before it became “classic.” I bounced around and enjoyed many genres, including funk during the disco era.

A major difference between Steve and I is that he remembers every word to the songs he loves, while I remember the music cadence but pay less attention to the words.

This is important to remember when I tell you my beloved husband called at lunchtime last Tuesday and said, “Happy anniversary.” I immediately cued up the Little River Band rendition of “Happy Anniversary.”

He began to laugh and laugh hysterically, not one of those “Oh she is so witty and thoughtful” laughs.

I began singing to him the refrain of the song, which I remembered after carrying, bearing and joining him to raise three children for the past two decades:

Happy anniversary, baby

Got you on my mind

Happy anniversary, baby

Got you on my mind

What I did not remember after carrying, bearing and joining him to raise three children for the past quarter of a century was the first lines to the song:

I’m so happy for you baby

Now that you’ve found somebody new

I see it in your eyes

Lord, it’s no surprise

What he can do for you

I quickly mumbled something like, “Oops, I didn’t remember those words,” and “No, I am not trying to inform you through song that your 25th anniversary gift is freedom.”

After I got off the phone, I listened to the entire song — especially the last lines:

“Oh, have a happy anniversary, ‘cause I’ve got you on my mind — always on my mind.”

Janet Hommel Mangas, the third of seven children, grew up on the east side of Greenwood. The Center Grove area resident and her husband are the parents of three daughters. Send comments to letters@dailyjournal.net.

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