September 8, 2013

In My Life (Bette Midler) from For the Boys (1991)

It's not the greatest quality, this video. But the song is significant. Sixteen years ago yesterday I walked down the aisle to this song to marry my best friend and sweetheart. We dance to it every year. Sixteen years, two kids, several jobs, one mortgage and two black labs later, I still love him more.

And I wanted to show this particular clip because the spectre of yet another Middle Easter quagmire looms above us. So while Bette Midler's incomparable voice rises up this beautiful little song, let us pause to remember for whom she is singing.

For eight years I've given you the In Memoriam segment every Sunday, listing thousands of lost sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. I've seen thousands of faces of service people who will never dance that special song with their loved one again, never walk their little girl down the aisle and never lie in bed on Sunday morning with their best friend cuddling. I know that Secretary of State Kerry said that there would be no boots on the ground in Syria, but I've yet to see any way this games out without that inevitability arising, especially with McCain's "regime change" addition to the AUMF. So please, if you are as pained by the In Memoriam segment as I am, contact your congressperson and senators and tell them you do not support a military strike in Syria.

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