Life continues…

September 10, 2007

A few years ago, back in UP Law, a piece written by Veronica Shoffstall made the rounds of egroups (before Yahoo bought it to become Yahoo Groups). A line that stuck went (and I hope my memory still hasn’t failed me):

“…you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers…”

Thanks to Prof. David and the gracious invitation by the clergy and seminarians from the Immaculate Conception School of Theology, I welcomed the stroke of midnight with cheer – even if I still find myself alone.

I had company – a Don McLean song that I play in my head for an entire day once every year:

“If I could say the things I feel, it wouldn’t be the same
Some things are not spoken of, some things have no name
Though the words come hard to me, I’ll say them just for you
For this is something rare for me this feeling is so new

You see I love the way you love me
I love the way you smile at me
I love the way we live this life we’re in

Long ago I heard the song that lovers sing to me
And through the days with each new phrase I hummed that melody
And all along I loved the song but I never learned it through
But since the day you came along, I’ve saved it just for you

I don’t believe in magic but I do believe in you
And when you say you believe in me
there’s so much magic I can do

Now you see me now you don’t watch me dive below
Deep down in your love lake where the sweet fish come and go
And I might sink and I might drown but death don’t mean a thing
‘Cause life continues right or wrong when I play this birthday song
I learned from you, and you can’t even sing.”

Life has been good, thank you very much. Even if sometimes, like today, we might have to buy flowers – and chocolates – for ourselves. 🙂



  1. whew! elena, happy Birthday!

    we might have really been one kind of soul sisters. I love this “birthday song” of Don McLean very much…even asked my husband to sing it for me on my birthday!

  2. one thing i like about your blogs is the fact that i come to know the other side of elena cardinez. i know the feeling ate… i know its never easy. been there too. how did i end it up? i gave myself a chance… told you, it’ll work. chocolates are sweet still even if we bought it for ourselves.

  3. yah right! happy birthday then, thou its late..

  4. Thanks Ishy, Gigi and Emjas. Sorry took me so long to reply. Blame it on the Bar.

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