Happiness? To be living in the good old days, and realilze it at the time - it doesn't get any better than that. Your one-stop thought-shop. Thank you for shopping at GAR*MART.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Ancient Mariners
Having conquered and established dominion over the Watertown Municipal Swimming Pool, by daily attendance, and successfully doing cannonballs off the High Dive, Young Gary and his life-long friend Young Norman looked for other seas to conquer. One of them said to the other - "Let us build a sailing ship that shall navigate Silver Creek, and the mighty Rock River!" So, off to father's workshop, they crafted a worthy vessel out of a piece of board, sawed to a point at the front, and a mast made from a clothes rack dowel, with a Viking sail cut from a red t-shirt and some lath-boards. Without a rudder at first, and in later designs improved with a rudder, they nailed a ball of kite-twine to the front end and the magnificent craft set sail! A good portion of the rest of summer was spent exploring. Exploring the various mysterious and dangerous riverbanks of Watertown, Silver Creek, the 4th Street Bridge, Riverside Park, and even Rock River Above the Power Dam (which ran past Norman's back yard). To have it all and realize it at the time - that's true happiness.
From the film: "Tom Sawyer" aka "A Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer" - 1973 (Robert B. Sherman / Richard M. Sherman) Charley Pride & Chorus
Oh, a river's gonna flow 'Cross the land 'Cross the land Oh, a river's gonna flow To the sea And a boy is gonna grow To a man To a man Only once in his life Is he free Only one golden time In his life Is he free
Charley Pride: River runs warm in the summer sun River runs cold when the summer's done But a boy's just a dreamer By the riverside 'Cause the water's too fast And the water's too wide
Then the world turns around, And the boy grows tall He hears the song Of the river call The river song sings, "Travel on, Travel on" You blink away a tear, And the boy is gone
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