Modern English

September 6, 2009 by  
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Once a month, I go get a manicure and pedicure and yesterday was the day.  I go to a very simple but very busy Vietnamese place in Silver Lake. 

As I’m sitting there getting a foot massage for an extra $5, I see a guy walk in with his dry cleaning.  I wondered if he was getting a manicure or looking for someone.  A minute later my question was answered.  He sat next to a woman drying her nails under the dryer.

For some reason nail salons are always a place that I let my mind wonder.  Maybe is the holding of hands, feet or sometimes the extra massage, but there I was again lost in thoughts watching the couple.  They smiled at each other and made faces, particular expressions, that were reflections of their high level of intimacy.  And I realized that is one of the things that I most miss in my life now; the intimacy I shared with Chris. We trusted our relationship and each other so much that we were able to just be.

I think the reason why as people grow older as couples - and they really love each other - and they continue to see the other person as beautiful is because they are not seeing the wrinkles or sagging skin but they are seeing the expressions that are unique to the other person which they have loved and trusted for so many years.

At some point the woman saw I was staring at them and I turned my focus to someplace else.  I don’t know what she though of my staring but it was not jealously it was recognition of something beautiful and special.

As I walked out of the nail salon with my nails and toes looking perfect, I remembered the lyrics to one of my favorite songs: “I Melt With You” by a band from the 80s Modern English.  I’m pasting the lyrics below.  I hope you enjoy it too.

I Melt With You

Moving forward using all my breath
Making love to you was never second best
I saw the world thrashing all around your face
Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

(You should know better)
Dream of better lives the kind which never hate
(You should see why)
Dropped in the state of imaginary grace
(You should know better)
I made a pilgrimage to save this humans race
(You should see why)
What I’m comprehending a race that long gone bye

(I’ll stop the world) I’ll stop the world and melt with you
(I’ll stop the world) You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time
(Let’s stop the world) There’s nothing you and I won’t do
(Let’s stop the world) I’ll stop the world and melt with you

The future’s open wide

(Let’s stop the world) I’ll stop the world and melt with you
(Let’s stop the world) I’ve seen some changes but it’s getting better all the time
(Let’s stop the world) There’s nothing you and I won’t do
(Let’s stop the world) I’ll stop the world and melt with you

The future’s open wide

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I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world)
You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time (Let’s stop the world)
There’s nothing you and I won’t do (Let’s stop the world)
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world)
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world)
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world

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