Love is…

When I was little-probably somewhere around Carter’s age-we did a musical at church called Down by the Creek Bank.

I loved that musical, and although there are a lot of things from my childhood that I don’t remember,
I am fairly certain that I could sing almost every word of that musical to you today.

I remember us shaking long strips of blue fabric to make it look like water.
I remember wearing overalls and pigtails…
And being thrilled that I was actually allowed to go barefoot in church!

There was the song about “Germs”, the invisible dog who lived in my pocket and fell asleep at church.
And the fill-in-the-blank song about Jonah and Zachaeus and Daniel.
And one about the boy with fish and bread…

But the thing I remember the most is the song “Love Is…”

Love is a very special thing –
A smile, a tear, a soft summer rain.
It has no beginning it has no end,
But I like it best when its shared with a friend.

Love is never stuffed up, ever puffed up,
Never gives up when the going’s rough.
It’s the biggest little word you can say, by the way.
Its sympathy, sincerity, its charity, the main variety
Of everything happiness is made of.

And I like it best when it’s shared with a friend.

Sure it’s cheesy.
(But I am, too.)

And I’m glad that every now and then these words pop into my head.
It doesn’t hurt to have a reminder that love is what happiness is made of.
It doesn’t hurt to be reminded that we should always be showing sympathy, sincerity and charity.

So even though Marshall and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day,
I am celebrating love.
It’s a very special thing!

9 Responses to Love is…
  1. Heather
    February 14, 2011 | 9:54 am

    OH EM GEE! We did that musical too–for like 3 summers! My favorite was “I am Adopted” (see…carried me through my entire life!)

    Happy Love Day to all y’all!

  2. Tara
    February 14, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Thank you for reminding me of this song! I used to love love love it!

  3. Kimberly
    February 14, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    Ninnininininininininevah. . . aaaaahhhhh, . . . oh sorry, wrong musical. Love you anyway!

  4. April
    February 14, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    This makes me ALL KIND OF HAPPY! I have been singing this song since Friday & could not remember which musical it was from. I love you!

  5. Candi
    February 15, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    This was without a doubt my favorite musical too! Teaching children’s choir a few years ago, we did it again and all the children were shocked to realize I knew ALL the words!! This was also my favorite song!!

  6. Jeremy
    February 16, 2011 | 8:45 pm

    I was just thinking of this song as well, and searched by the lyrics in google, and your blog came up. I am a couple of days late post Valentine’s Day, but I always loved this song. We sang it in second grade (I think), and I remember shouting slowly LOVE IS never stuffed up…and i like it best when it’s shared with a friend. I recall seeing many mothers in the audience coming to tears. 🙂

    God made the animals both great and small, and I guess my favorite ones of them all…

  7. Jeremy
    February 16, 2011 | 8:47 pm

    but obviously (see my name?) my favorite song from that musical was and is Germs. 🙂 thanks for this Bridget!!

  8. Joy
    February 18, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    Bridget thank you for this post. Reminding me of DBTCB opened all kinds of great memories!! We did this play at FBC Athens…I went to the Web site you linked…and the funny thing is that after all these years, I remembered every word of most every song! Lol thanks for helping me surface those fun childhood memories 🙂

  9. Christy
    February 23, 2011 | 4:08 am

    We did that one too. I was one of the few little girls who didn’t have to paint on freckles…as I am sure you understand!! I sang a solo in germs..”I take him to church but nobody ever sees. This little tiny spotted dog sitting on my knee.” And I will sing that love song all night now and think of you!! How funny we remeber that musical so well…