Unexpectant Dreams

My father is a Scotsman, born and raised in Glasgow. He came over in 1959 with his parents and the clothes on his back. He’s worked hard his whole life to make sure my sister and I had what we most needed. In addition to the basic necessities, he’s given me a great pride in my British heritage, the ability to pinch a penny in any situation, and a love of porridge and oatcakes. I truly think that bagpipes make beautiful music (they played at my wedding and they’ll play at my funeral!) I make a good cup o’ tea, even though it never tastes as good as the cup I get at home. And I grew up listening to Max Bygraves (who, even though he was English, is a pretty cool crooner!)I’m a Pink Toothbrush

Val de Ri Val de Ra
Tea for Two.

These songs still come to me almost daily.

And that’s when I remembered.

Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen by the Sea.

I knew that if got to own a cottage that’s what I would name it.

My memory is slipping though and I couldn’t quite recall all the words. So I tracked down those MIAs.

There’s a tiny house, by a tiny stream,
Where a lovely lass had a lovely dream,
And her dream came true, quite unexpectedly
In Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen By The Sea.

She was out one day where the tulips grow,
When a handsome lad stopped to say hello,
And before she knew, he kissed her tenderly,
In Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen By The Sea.

The happy pair were married one Sunday afternoon,
They left the church and ran away to spend their honeymoon:

In a tiny house by a tiny stream,
Where the lovely lass had a lovely dream.
And the last I heard, they still lived happily
In Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen By The Sea,

It took me back, as they say, and I smiled as I remembered my Dad’s stereo – a solid wood oak cabinet polished to a high gloss (they don’t make stereos that way anymore) and his easy chair and a pair of leather earphones that covered both sides of my head!

I had dreams back then…great big dreams of being a lawyer, a famous archaeologist, or perhaps an amazing writers read by hundreds or thousands of people. I can’t honestly recall wanting to grow up and get married and have five children and homeschool them all!

And yet as I reflected on my dreams of long ago, I realized that most of them have come true in a most unexpected way.

I am a lawyer – an advocate for my children. I am here to advise, protect and represent them! My job is to sift through myriads of information and ideas and present to my precious babies a true and accurate picture of the world.

I am an archaeologist. I am sifting through the past, trying to find the truth and present it to them in way that they will both understand and appreciate. I am also creating history with them. Together we are creating events that will go on to shape the lives of others around us.

And I am a writer. Everyday I write another chapter in my children’s lives. I give them the stories that will make them who they are, who they will become. I leave for them, within them, a legacy for their children and their children’s children. They are my books. And hundreds, maybe even thousands will be touched by them.

So this lovely lass, had a lovely dream that’s come true, quite unexpectedly. And the handsome lad still kisses me tenderly in

Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen by the Sea!