When I Was Young

When I was young, I thought I'd vacation in France. Or Italy at my favorite little hotel. Maybe Norway just for a change. Instead, I go to the Jersey Shore, a short drive to a dry town with a boardwalk, ferris wheels, taffy and funnel cake.

Then I was young and unafraid,
When dreams were made and used and wasted.
There was no ransom to be paid,
No song unsung, no wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hopes apart
As they turn your dreams to shame

. . . So different now from what it seems
Now life has killed

The dream I dreamed.*

In just a couple of weeks, we'll make our fourth trip to the Shore. We'll pack up our car with beach chairs and buckets and frisbees. We'll take a cooler and a blanket and bags of groceries into our SUV. (I've been successful so far at avoiding the mini-van.)

No. See? See that smile? That love? You see? We create new dreams. My reality has turned out to be better.

* Here are the entire lyrics.


AmyP said...

I hope you get to use the same fab Corelleware this year! =)

Margie said...

I'm highly jealous, as there's no beach in our summer this year :( Send out some beach vibes to us land-bound folks when you're there!!

Musings of a Housewife said...

Yeah. About that. Our beach trip got canceled. Boohoo.

gpieacake said...

We head over to the beach next week. Can't wait. I will warm the sand up for ya!

Grace said...

Oh my goodness, many magazines feature the Jersey shore as the dream vacation! From those articles, and your photos, I can see why! P.S. Please come visit my blog...it's my son's birthday and I am so missing him.

Anonymous said...

Grace- I love this post and the pictures. So true and so beautifully said. Christine xoxo

Donna said...

Kent and I spent time in OC NJ 2 years ago- it was the first time I had been there since "us girls" were there at age 19. Brought back memories! Have a great time making new ones!