Two of my most vivid and favorite dreams I’ve ever had are #1 I was 5 years old and found myself walking on the moon with 3 astronauts.
My mom had sent my sister and I to Linda’s house in Walnut, CA. Linda and Joe were my parents best friends.
I remember my conversation with the astronauts who mainly spoke. I don’t recall what I said only that I was holding one of their hands, just before I woke up.
I have always wanted to have that dream again and to this day has formed an obsession with the moon and everything outerspace.
Convinced that I had literally been to the moon, I ran upstairs and found Linda on the sofa watching TV. Ecstatic, doesn’t even begin to describe it. Linda calmed me down, she cradled me on the sofa with her as I explained my dream in detail that night until I finally went back to sleep. Linda passed away several years later from cancer. I love that memory of her.
My second favorite dream was with that of Mr. Walt Disney.
I’ve luckily had 2 vivid dreams of meeting him and having a conversation in one I recall him saying “Never lose your imagination”.
I had to have been about 10 years old at the time and the second was most recently about a year ago. Tonight for some reason “Feed The Birds”, once again popped into my head (and usually it’s Bad Brains and The Misfits popping in my head — really…). Aside from my all time favorite childrens stories, Peter Pan, The Sword In The Stone, and of course Mary Poppins they will always be my favorite. I wasn’t aware until tonight that my favorite Disney film song was also, Walt Disney’s.
[Rarely was anyone able to get Walt to talk about his “favorite” film, song, Disneyland attraction and so on. But in the case of “Mary Poppins,” he had a clear favorite: “Feed the Birds.” His affection for that song led to a kind of ritual about which Richard Sherman loves telling:
“When we were reading various stories written by Ms. Travers, we came across the bird woman selling bread crumbs, who said, ‘Feed the birds – tuppence a bag.’ And we said to each other, ‘That’s the metaphor for the whole film.’ A little extra bit of kindness – it doesn’t take much. After all a tuppence is no money at all. There’s a great statement there that describes the whole picture.
“Mary Poppins teaches the family how to stick together and do things for each other.
I think that’s why Walt loved the song. It has to do with being kind and loving. It’s what his life was all about, really.
“Usually, after the hectic week, Walt would ask us how we were doing, and we’d tell him what we were working on.Then he’d ask us to play it and I’d sit down and play and he’d look out the north window and get wistful.
“Then he’d turn around and say, ‘That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Well, have a good weekend boys.‘ I love that memory.” ]
He just got it.
I will now go back to listening to the Buzzcocks and Bad Brains until maybe Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious dances into my brain.