Leave Worries Behind And Dream. Just A Little.

My dad was a bit of a hippie. I have a picture of him in a turtle neck, bell bottoms and a peace sign on a chain around his neck. It wasn’t a Halloween costume. That was his weekend best.

During the week he wore a suit and tie.

Two different wardrobes but always the same music.

He loved music. 50’s Do0-wop. Gospel. Motown. And folk music. Lots and lots of folk music. I grew up on Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio and Simon & Garfunkel. I learned to sing to all of them. But I especially loved to sing along to The Mamas and the Papas.

It always surprises me when I am reminded of how short their career was.

Four years. Five albums. And 11 Top 40 hits.

That’s it. That’s all. But their influence on generations is wide. And their songs are still loved today.

I’ve been reflective of late: considering my anniversary in Blog World, evaluating the impact I’m making in my community, wondering and striving to be a good example to my children. I look at your blogs. I can pick out who is in it for the long haul. Who is in it to be the next Dooce. Who just wants to have a creative outlet in a crazy life.

“Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper “I love you”
Birds singing in the sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me”

I hope I have staying power. I hope I last longer than 4 years and a few hit posts. I hope the impression I make on this earth is a positive one. And the footprint I leave behind is filled with love, joy and compassion. I pray that my life with my children is long, long, long and that I give them oodles of shining examples to live their lives by.

And if not?

“Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me”


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16 responses to “Leave Worries Behind And Dream. Just A Little.

  1. I love the Mamas and the Papas! Also, just as a little trivia tidbit, one of the guys from the Kingston Trio lived in my Colorado neighborhood growing up…no idea if he’s still there, but I thought it was good fun.

    I for one, hope you will stick around!

  2. I’m sure you’re giving your children lots and lots of exciting visions of the future, so that they can pick out the ones that fit them best. Here’s to a long blogging life as well!

  3. Carol

    I love the Mamas and Papas – or I did. I no longer have any of their music, but I do remember it. I could hear them singing the song as I read your words.

  4. I like the idea of having staying power and posted something similar today about making a difference. I don’t know if I will ever do anything to change the world, but I do hope for that possibility. In many ways, my hope is that all of humanity is wishing that their individual impact on earth is a positive one. Thanks for this post Jane.

  5. Dooce? Not a chance. I’m to old and not manic enough. Ree? I just can’t cook. But I do admire their visions and hope to become clearer about mine along the way. Somedays I wonder if I’m just sharing with the choir.. I keep asking myself why I write, why I blog, what my point is and wish I had the answer. I don’t. So I guess to quote Elizabeth Gilbert or Woody Allen…I will just keep showing up at 90% of the time.
    Mama’s and Papas–Gosh had not thought of them in years. Thanks. It was a good song.
    I will join the toast–Long Live your blogging life.

  6. The secret to a long lasting “career” as a blogger is simple- enjoy it. If you like doing it than you will continue to write and if not….

    It is one of the things that I love about this, the sheer simplicity.

  7. bibliomama2

    You seem to already have packed enough living into your days to last three lifetimes, so I don’t see your blog burning out any time soon. I try not to overthink mine (not easy — overthinking is what I do best). I didn’t discover the Mamas and the Papas until university — such bright, fun music from such a bunch of damaged people.

  8. What a great song! I think you definitely have staying power in our bloggy world! 🙂

  9. Wow. That is a short period of time, especially for a group that is still so well known even today. Very interesting stuff!

  10. I love all that music too! Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas was from Nova Scotia (the province next door to where I live). Simon and Garfunkel, and Peter, Paul, and Mary are my favourites!

    I hope to be blogging for the long-haul too…my life is crazy, but not nearly as crazy as that of a famous folk singer!


  11. thanks for the encouragement to dream
    ms. possibility 🙂

  12. It seems the wind of blogging is blowing that way once again, where people think and consider what their own little piece of the Internet is for and about. It’s posts like yours that fuel me to go on, that remind me why I write and encourage me to take my blog to new places. I’m latching on to this part of your post because, well I’m doing a little reflecting of my own. My narcissistic self would love to know where you think my blog falls into all of this, but beyond that I would like to know where my blog is going. I’m not sure.

    I hope you keep going and that your space continues to feel right to you, and I’ll be by to read as often as I can!

  13. Yay! Fun post. 🙂 And I’m sure you’ll be around for a long while, Jane.

  14. I have zero doubt that your impact here and elsewhere will be profound. You are a good person and a compelling thinker. Thrilled to be back reading your posts after a stint of absolute craziness 🙂

  15. Lovely post, Jane. I think you’ll always be remembered through all the lives you touch with your beautiful soul and words.

  16. Staying power. Those two words really got me thinking.

    When I started blogging I didn’t think about how long I would continue, I just wanted a place to write. I have gone through quite an evolution in my blogging (much like the phases you mentioned in a recent post) from posting daily to 5 days a week to whenever the heck I can find time. But, I believe (hope!) that I have that staying power as well.

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