Often before a basketball game, I will go to the college cafeteria to eat dinner. There are two schools here in Nashville that I seldom miss a game and eating in their cafeteria. I recommend more folks do such as there is something about being in the atmosphere of young people, college kids.
The other night, I went through the line for my food. Sometimes I’ll sit over to the side, out of the way. I eat and watch. Often after I finish eating, I’ll get a cup of coffee in order to prolong my watching.
On this particular night, I noticed two young people sitting near me- a boy and girl. It was pretty evident by the way they were acting as if they were “boyfriend and girlfriend.” They were not improper in any way, but you could tell they were in their own world.
I was not trying to listen, but I was close enough that I could hear parts of their conversation. She was pretty, but not overly attractive; he was nice looking, but I am not sure the word handsome would be associated with him. They had food and drink in front of them, but the attraction to their food was fast fading and their interest was becoming more and more into each other. As I picked up my drink, I heard him saying something to her that made me smile. Both of them had now leaned in toward each other and he had taken her hands and placed them in his on the table, and I heard him say a classic line. He called her by name and then said, “Our day is gonna come.”
I thought to myself how many times in the lives of most all of us have we, maybe not said that exact line, but sure have felt it and probably said something that was very similar. Our day will come, and we believed it.
In fact, right now, playing on my record player is the song “Our Day Will Come.” An R& B group called Ruby and the Romantics had a hit on that very thought. (And for the kids, it is an album, not a cd. They used to call them albums and they played albums on a record player, at 33 1/3 speed. The record came in a jacket cover and often the jacket was just as good as the record itself.)
Our day will come and we’ll have everything
We’ll share the joy falling in love can bring
No one can tell me that I’m too young to know
I love you so, love you so
Our day will come if we just wait a while
No tears for us—think love and wear a smile
Our dreams have magic because we’ll always stay
In love this way our day will come
December 17, 2011