Polly’s 57th Birthday

polly gerencser 2015

Polly Gerencser 2015

Tomorrow, Polly and I plan to eat at Mancy’s Steakhouse in Toledo, Ohio in celebration of her 57th birthday. Mancy’s is quite expensive, so we only go there once a year on Polly’s birthday. We hope to have a wonderful time. As I sit here contemplating the wonderful life I’ve shared with Polly, the song Wasn’t Expecting That by Jamie Lawson began to play on Rdio. I’ve never heard this song or artist before, and as I listen I find myself weeping. The song speaks to the bond and love Polly and I have for each other.ย  I thought I’d share it with you.

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It was only a smile
But my heart it went wild
I wasn’t expecting that
Just a delicate kiss
Anyone could’ve missed
I wasn’t expecting that

Did I misread the sign?
Your hand slipped into mine
I wasn’t expecting that
You spent the night in my bed
You woke up and you said
“Well, I wasn’t expecting that!”

I thought love wasn’t meant to last
I thought you were just passing through
If I ever get the nerve to ask
What did I get right to deserve somebody like you?
I wasn’t expecting that

It was only a word
It was almost misheard
I wasn’t expecting that
But it came without fear
A month turned into a year
I wasn’t expecting that

I thought love wasn’t meant to last
Honey, I thought you were just passing through
If I ever get the nerve to ask
What did I get right to deserve somebody like you?
I wasn’t expecting that

Oh and isn’t it strange
How a life can be changed
In the flicker of the sweetest smile
We were married in spring
You know I wouldn’t change a thing
Without that innocent kiss
What a life I’d have missed

If you’d not took a chance
On a little romance
When I wasn’t expecting that
Time doesn’t take long
Three kids up and gone
I wasn’t expecting that

When the nurses they came
Said, “It’s come back again”
I wasn’t expecting that
Then you closed your eyes
You took my heart by surprise
I wasn’t expecting that


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  1. khughes1963

    Coming out of lurking. Happy Birthday to Polly!

  2. Steve

    So sweet! Happy birthday to the divine Mrs. P!!

  3. Brian

    My very best wishes to your dear wife…. only 57! Wow!
    This post and the video is a lovely tribute. The song brought tears to my eyes too. Love is a grand tour, a parade on a lonely road. Love is how time goes Artist and paints the world. Love is a tree that holds a gentle breeze and dances slow and warm.
    What a beautiful post, Bruce. Thank-you for sharing it.

  4. Matt Martin


    You sent me best wishes on my birthday and it’s my honour to return the favour.

    You and Bruce enrich the lives of so many of us. May this birthday be one of so many more.

    Much love


  5. Kenneth

    Happy birthday to Polly! I hope you guys enjoy it, especially without the “fear of God” getting in the way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Carmen

    Well – It’s Polly’s birthday! Polly, I hope you have a wonderful day and that you pig out. Have a lovely drive and enjoy your day to the fullest! Happy birthday to you and will you look at that romantic old hubby of yours, eh? Nice song! xx

  7. Zoe

    (((Polly & Bruce))) <3

    Happy Birthday Polly!

  8. Lydia

    Happy Birthday, Polly!

  9. Ami

    Polly looks wonderful.
    Happy birthday a day late, Polly.
    And a lovely song, Bruce.

  10. Daniel Wilcox

    Bruce, Thank you for posting this very real romantic tragic ballad. Much thanks.

    And, happy birthday to you Polly:-)

  11. JoAr

    Happy Birthday, Polly!

  12. Melody

    Happy Birthday Polly!

  13. Polly Gerencser

    Thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes!!

    1. Zoe

      Hey look! Polly commented. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for posting that video Bruce. I just watched it. Truly moving.

  14. Mary Ellen

    Happy Birthday, Polly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Michael Mock

    Happy birthday!

  16. Angiep

    Happy birthday Polly! You look like you have found peace in your life; it shows in your eyes. You are so lucky to have someone by your side who loves you so much. Here’s to many more!

  17. kittybrat

    I can wish you a happy birthday, and I do. Yet, what can one say that is just a little more? May you continue to be happy and wonderful!

  18. Friend

    Happy birthday Polly!

  19. ann

    Happy Birthday Polly, you’ve almost reached middle age. That’s when the fun begins!!!



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