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Beautiful Dreamer: Yes, awake unto me October 25, 2009

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Do you remember the words to the song Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Foster? (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) Beautiful Dreamer written by Stephen Collins Foster 1862  If you do, hum along and read the words. Quite magical and beautiful tune.

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee
Sounds of the rude world heard in the day,
Lulled by the moonlight have all passed away
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody
Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea
Mermaids are counting the wild lorelie
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn
Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E’en as the morn on the streamlet and sea
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me

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One War, One Wife, Five Daughters October 15, 2009

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Did I ever tell you about my parents?  Dad’s 91 in March and Mom’s 88 in December. Are you ready for this?  They’ll be married 67 years come May 2010.  Can you imagine?  Phew. I don’t know how she did it accept she encouraged him to go deep sea fishing almost every weekend when we were growing up.  The “we” is five daughters – all Baby Boomers.  And we only had ONE bathroom!    Yes, you read that right: Five girls (plus Mom) and ONE bathroom.  We lived in a cape cod style home that Mom and Dad built in Massachusetts, before it was taken by eminent domain by the state, just after their first mortgage burning party. Not a happy time when the bridge over Lake Quinsigamond was built and POOF both our house and my grandparents next door lost their properties. Oh sure, they got a little bit of money — something like $ 19,000. before legal fees.  But that’s another story.

This one is about tomorrow. My husband and I are taking Mom and Dad  to Washington, DC to cross one more item off their bucket list.  An Army Vet, Dad dreams of seeing the WWII Memorial and Arlington National Cemetary.  Mom dreams of Dad having his dream.  So we go for four days down memory lane — rain or shine.  I’m bringing an umbrella and Flip Video to document Dad’s experience with his first, and most likely, last visit to see the Memorial that was built to honor all the Vet’s from WWII.    It will be an emotional time, I’m sure.

By the way: the second and last home they still live in also has only ONE bathroom.  Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned from that, although I don’t know what it might be. Please let me know if you have  any ideas.