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The Sounds of Nostalgia…

Was in my son’s room the other day, and took a good hard look at the CDs on the shelf. Amidst the legos and soccer awards, I was a tad shocked to find Raffi and other baby CDs in his room.

He’s nine now (almost 10), and when we moved here five years ago, I shoved the CDs I’d listened to with him as a baby into his boyhood room. And then forgot about them.

I realized that if his friends saw Raffi in my son’s room, he’d be ribbed unmercifully. So I stripped the shelf of all the baby CDs and a wave of nostalgia swept over me.

The CDs were from the time when he was a baby. When he never slept. When I was a new mom who had no clue about what I was doing. In those long and endless hours of the day, we listened to music together.

As I cleaned his room of all things baby, I remembered vividly when he was my only baby and the sounds of nostalgia grew loud in my head. They were the sounds of Justin Roberts and songs his about nightlights and planets. And Mary Chapin Carpenter and a song about Dreamland. And yes, even the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel. (We actually didn’t play much of Raffi!)

So I drifted back into a dreamland of my own – my memories of when he was tiny and dependent and I realized how swiftly it passes.

Here’s one of my favorites that I used to sing him to sleep back in those early days – Dreamland by Mary Chapin Carpenter:

Sun goes down and says goodnight
Pull your covers up real tight
By your bed we’ll leave a light
To guide you off to dreamland

Your pillows soft, your bed is warm
Your eyes are tired when day is done
One more kiss and you’ll be gone
On your way to dreamland

Every sleepy boy and girl
In every bed around the world
Can hear the stars up in the sky
Whispering a lullaby

Who knows where you’ll fly away
Winging passed the light of day
The man in the moon and the milky way
Welcome you to dreamland

Every sleepy boy and girl
In every bed around the world
Can hear the stars up in the sky
Whispering a lullaby

Who knows where you’ll fly away
Winging passed the light of day
The man in the moon and the milky way
Welcome you to dreamland

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