I Was So Embarrassed by “The Way We Were”…

by Patrick Liew on April 19, 2016

While I was driving to an appointment, an old familiar song started to play on the radio.

I’m sure you must have heard of the hauntingly beautiful song, “The Way We Were.”

That day, I was glad the radio deejay did not play the Barbara Streisand version of the song. It would have intensified my emotion and feelings.

“The Way We Were” became Billboard’s number 1 pop hit in 1974.

The song also won the Grammy Award Song of the Year, the Academy Award, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Somehow the song triggered a memory that I would love to forget for the rest of my life.

I would love to forget the scene in my mind – the scene where I had one of the most embarrassing moments.

When the song was first released in 1974, I was still in school. Like many teenagers, I had a crush for another student.

It was a puppy love that was felt at a very deep level of my heart. I had put in a lot of my feelings into the relationship and the passion for her affected almost every area of my life.

At that point, we were actively involved in a youth organisation. It was a beautiful period of my life, a time that still brings back beautiful memories to me.

As leaders of the youth movement, we did many things that I believe have never been done by the generations that came before or after us. We initiated many projects and had many achievements that still warm my heart.

My crush and I had many things in common and shared many great memories. We were literally floating on multi-coloured romantic clouds.

Well, to put it in a nice way, clouds are afterall clouds. They are not supposed to last.

They can turn stormy and then disappear like the whiff of a cruel wind.

Shortly after we completed our studies, we started to drift apart.

We had many painful moments, despite sharing a wonderful part of our life journey.

One not-so-faithful evening, we called off the relationship.

To cut a long story short, shortly after the broke up, she found another guy and got married.

Meanwhile, for reasons I cannot explain even until today, I carried the brokenness in my heart.

I carried a pain in my soul that I could not shake off for years, even while I was on a date with a beautiful soul

I knew this to be true because I once went out with a charming lady.

If my memory serves me correctly, we had a nice dinner and had an engaging conversation. Everything went just perfect.

After the meal, I drove her back.

It was at the East Coast Expressway that one of the most embarrassing experiences happened.

The radio started to play “The Way We Were.”

I felt something heavy forming below my eyelids.

I had to pull the car to the side of a busy expressway.

Then, a terrible thing happened.

I broke down and cried.

I bawled like a little baby.



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