First dates and eulogies

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My first date was with a boy named Derek. I was in grade 10, he was in grade 12. He took me to see the movie Purple Rain. During the movie he tried to put his arm around my shoulder and hit me in the cheek. I don’t think that was necessarily an omen but we didn’t last. Spooky.

We lost Prince this year. We have lost a lot of really exceptional artists in the past few years, but this one had significance because I mark that first date as the beginning of my struggle with being me versus being we. And honestly, in a lot of ways the lyrics of that song touch on how I’ve felt in many relationships, and how I have felt many times on my own.

Even now I might be the happiest happily married woman on the planet, but damn, this song gets me.

I am missing, and will continue to miss Prince.

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Underneath the purple rain

Honey, I know, I know
I know times are changing
It’s time we all reach out
For something new, that means you too

You say you want a leader
But you can’t seem to make up your mind
I think you better close it
And let me guide you to the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
If you know what I’m singing about up here
C’mon, raise your hand

Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you
Only want to see you
In the purple rain

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