Drink with Me

It’s snowing… some remember the ‘Beast from the East’ a few years ago that brought heavy snow… I think back to the cold winter of 1961… we reminisce…

In Les Misérables things are reaching a climax; the revolution is planned; the students are united, determined, committed; they reminisce…

Drink with me to days gone by
Sing with me the songs we knew

Here’s to pretty girls who went to our heads
Here’s to witty girls who went to our beds
Here’s to them and here’s to you!

They remember experiences shared, songs sung, parties, pleasure, celebrations, good times…

Drink with me to days gone by
Can it be you fear to die?
Will the world remember you when you fall?
Could it be your death means nothing at all?
Is your life just one more lie?

They’re facing possible death; they ask the big questions – What was the value of my life? Was what I stood for meaningful?

Drink with me to days gone by
To the life that used to be
At the shrine of friendship, never say die
Let the wine of friendship never run dry

Here’s to you and here’s to me

They value their friendship, something deeper than common activity or common purpose. Life’s about people…

Do I care if I should die
Now she goes across the sea?
Life without Cosette means nothing at all
Would you weep, Cosette, should Marius fall?
Will you weep, Cosette, For me?

Marius’ chief concern is for Cosette, the woman he loves…

Me – musing, reminiscing… I remember good times; more important are the people friends, family, those I love. Recognising my mortality brings me back to questions about the value and meaning of my life. I return to a renewed faith in my God who has given me my past for which I’m grateful and will be with me in my future whatever it holds.  

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