THERE'S nothing quite like a cheesy song to make your heart flutter with thoughts of a lover. Typically the cheesy songs get no street cred, but they are popular because of the feelings that creep up when we listen to the lyrics. That is how Greta felt every time she listened to Bette Midler. She couldn't help associating Adam with the songs.
Greta switched off the I-pod and clutched the keys as she got out of the car. There was a light drizzle as she tiptoed her way through the neatly mowed grass. She bent down and ran her fingers along the rough granite surface, her right index finger tracing each letter across the headstone- ADAM GREY. Even though it was cheesy, and even though she felt silly thinking it, let alone saying it out loud, she whispered, “Love is a flower, and you its only seed.” She closed her eyes and pictured the face Adam would have made- the forced smile, sucking in air through his teeth, teasing her about her cheesy line. It was the same face he always made when she repeated a cheesy line from a song to him. The image was so vivid it was like it was really happening. Greta allowed herself to give in to the memory. After teasing, he always pulled her in close and kissed the top of her head and whispered, “There’s nothing quite like a cheesy love song to remind me why I married you.”
Greta wiped the tear that had fallen down her cheek as she stood and walked back to the car. She immediately turned the music back on and as she drove off she listened to Bette sing, “When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long/And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong/Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snow/Lies the seed that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose.”