“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
John Keats, Bright Star: Love letters and poems of John Keats to Fanny Browne.
I thought this was a beautiful quote in a few ways – from the lovely, summery imagery to the meaning behind Keats’ words. Our weather has been gorgeous at the moment and our garden has been full of butterflies and pretty flowers!
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
It’s the first of May and a beautiful summer-y day. Feeling very content today, despite looming exams and a little pile of work; it’s good to feel like this.
“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.”
J Maarten Troost, Getting Stoned with Savages
So I’m back from our fabulous holiday; it was the perfect escape from work and stress and real life but that is exactly what everyone returns to eventually: reality. Tobago is truly a little paradise. It is beautiful, the people are great and it generally has a really relaxed atmosphere. Time to get on with reality though – that is where life happens I suppose!
“When you walk on the beach at night, you can say things you can’t say in real life.”
I am off on a family holiday to Tobago! I’m hoping for beautiful beaches and total escapism from real life too!
“Mister blue sky please tell us why you had to hide away for so long? Where did we go wrong?
Hey there mister blue ,we’re so pleased to be with you, look around see what you do, ev’rybody smiles at you”
Mr Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchestra
The unlikely has happened. After a month and a half of almost non-stop rain, the sun is back and the skies are blue once again. Spent my day sunbathing in the garden 🙂
“He left you black and blue, without a word of explanation. And he took your love for granted and he left you high and dry. But you know, someday, well you’ll wonder what you see in him anyway. When that day arrives, we’ll live on Ocean Drive.”
The Lighthouse Family, Ocean Drive
Another song I have recently rediscovered and I just love the summery feel it has and the optimistic lyrics. I want to live on Ocean Drive (from how it is described, it seems like a happy place!) – so much so that a quick search on google maps revealed that there are Ocean Drives in Edinburgh, Farring (Sussex, on the English south coast) and Miami – I’ll take my pick!
“Good morn or evening friends, here’s your friendly announcer, I have serious news to pass on to everybody. What I’m about to say could be the the world’s disaster, could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain. It’s that love’s in need of love today; don’t delay, send yours in right away. Hate’s going round breaking many hearts, stop it please, before it’s gone too far..”
Stevie Wonder, Love’s in Need of Love Today
It’s mid-May, the sun is shining, birds are singing and I’m revising… However, this lead me to rediscover my Stevie Wonder albums = instant smiles.
Love’s in Need of Love Today is a song which reminds me of many things- playing it in the car while driving around Windsor and singing along to it with some of my R.S class before we took a full school assembly about our fundraising for the local Neonatal ward. Isn’t She Lovely is another favourite of mine, memories of Dad singing it very loudly come back. If it’s Magic has to be one of my all time favourite songs though; it’s just so beautiful. The harp is hypnotic and the lyrics are gorgeous 🙂
“If it’s magic, why can’t it be everlasting? Like the sun that always shines…”
Stevie Wonder, If it’s Magic