Friday, February 4, 2011

Ah, to be Young

I was seven years old.  It was Christmas time.  We took pine cones and glued glitter to them, then strung yarn through them to wear as necklaces.  I remember wearing a green sweater.  It may be the last time I ever wore a sweater in earnest.  My class got together to sing a song for our parents.  It was part of a Christmas show.  The songs we sang that night stayed with me forever.  We sang "Somewhere Out There," which I much later learned was the song my long lost sister would think of whenever she thought of me.  I remember one song most of all.

We sang "Stand By Me."

I remember one verse in particular:

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry
No I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

I envisioned that scene in my mind.

That was the first time I had a concept of the nobility of stoicism in the face of apocalypse.

You know, your typical seven year old at Christmas time.


wbalelo said...

It's amazing the things we rememeber from our childhood. Moments, songs, thoughts that would be fleeting to anyone but us. It's never Walt Disney World that we remember inspiring us as kids and yet parents all too often think those things are the most important in their childrens lives. Thanks Adam, this was an awessome post.

Adam Jones said...

Oh Wendy, you're far too kind. And by "far too kind" I mean "the appropriate level of kind."

Reta said...

"the nobility of stoicism in the face of apocalypse" - is a great line, and should be used again somewhere. If I ever get my head together and start really writing again I may have to steal it. And thank you for reminding me how much I love the song "Stand By Me".

Adam Jones said...

Reta - Thank you. I'm glad I could help.

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