Monday, May 14, 2012

MONDAY MUSINGS: FIRST LOVES




Alex Cavanaugh has suggested using today as a First Loves Blog. His ‘inquiring mind’ wants to know what our first love was in movies, songs, books, and person.

You can find a list of participatingblogs here.
First Loves is a topic can cover pages. Alex said we couldn’t take pages, drat the man anyway. So I must do the best I can in fewer words. Keep in mind; falling in love with something isn’t the same as loving it. It’s a first.

BTW-MY MUSIC COMES ON AUTOMATICALLY. SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOG AND CLICK THE OFF BUTTON SO YOU DON'T HAVE THE MUSIC AND THE CLIPS BELOW PLAYING AT THE SAME TIME.

FIRST MOVIE

I’ve loved a lot of movies. Everything from Call Of The Wild to Star Wars, but the movie I have to say I fell in love with enough to watch countless time and know much of the dialog is Princess Bride (in that context, I’d have to say my second is Star Trek, The Voyage Home). One reason I love Princess Bride is because it takes a common theme of fairy tales and mixes it up. It tells the fairy tale backwards—it begins where most fairy tales end—the commoner becomes the princess and is slated to marry prince charming. Great twist.  There are so many scenes in this movie I admire—just love the layers in this story. There’s Vizzini’s use of inconceivable, the battle of wits between Vizzini and Wesley, Inigo Montoya’s mantra, and I could go on, but here is a scenes I absolutely love.



MUSIC

When it comes to music, it’s basically the same, too many songs I’ve loved. As a kid I fell in love with a musical storyteller. I loved the stories this man sang. Trust me, when I say, he packed a lot of emotion, conflict, heroes, and villains into a 4-minute song. Marty Robbins sang songs that I could listen to repeatedly because they were good stories. One of my favorites, was Big Iron (a funny anecdote to this is when I was little, I thought it was Pig Iron. My dad heard us singing it and corrected us, lol! Teased us unmercifully for years later).


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BOOKS

The first stories I remember hearing, as a little kid, Hiawatha (loved the rhythm of the words) and Heidi. This is how I was introduced to Treasure Island, My Friend Flicka, Big Red, and The Call of The Wild. I would beg for those stories. My mother never read cutesy stories to me; she read books, an installment at a time. I’ve always been a voracious reader and I have a list longer than I am, of books I loved. I have to say, the series I fell in love with was The Dragonriders of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey, a fine Celtic storyteller. I found The White Dragon and read that one first. When I realized it was #3, I went back and bought the first two volumes. I’ve read every book in that series that Anne McCaffrey wrote—didn’t like the ones her son wrote as much.  There are times I go on a Pern vacation. I love the characters and the setting. I LOVED the dragons and Master Robinton—I cried when he died and I still do. The second series I fell in love with is Roberta Gellis, Roselyn Chronicles—ah those were the joyous epic historicals I loved.

PERSON

You know? I can’t remember my first crush as a grade schooler. I think part of that was my parents’ directive and the fact I was a tomboy. I was much too busy running around with the guys and working with my dad to deal with crushes. But I do remember my first crush as a teen. His name was Paul and he was a senior when I was a freshmen and he lived up the street from me. French, six foot one, blue black hair, gold eyes, and a smile that would melt an igloo.  Parents squelched that quickly. Didn’t want their barely 15-year-old hanging around with a guy who was almost 19 and with ideas they didn’t want me to have. Can’t say as I blame them.

But I do have a first love of a person that is precious to me. The day I looked into my son’s dark eyes I fell in love. Children can do that to you. But for me, it was even more special. You see, I had lost several babies prior to my son’s birth. Ten years worth of anquish and loss. I had always wanted to be a mother and with the difficulties I had carrying a baby beyond the first trimester it was fast looking like it would never happen. The last one I lost, at four months and too young to live crushed me in spirit. I remember praying; Father, if I can’t carry them, please don’t let me get pregnant again. My heart can’t take anymore.

This my son and I from a couple years
ago, before I got sick.
That prayer was on February 25, 1993. My son, Jake, was born February 24, 1995. Almost to the day. It was a scary pregnancy and I was terrified something would go wrong. There were some problems, but this time, a miracle. A healthy baby boy, 7 lbs. 12 ozs, and 21 inches long. Great joy then, with my little man, great joy now. And this is also why Mother’s Day is very special to me—more than any holiday. I celebrate this holiday because of the greatest gift ever given to me, my son. I got the title of Mom.

Nothing can beat that in this life.   





25 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Aww, I'm so happy you finally got your son. You're right - nothing could be better than that!

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Sia,

Don't tell anyone (they'll take the ManCard away, but Princess Bride is sooooooo in my top five of my "Love This Movie" list.... as you said... great plotlines etc.

PS... Happy post-Mother's Day.. hope you had the chance to relax Sunday :)

Empty Nest Insider said...

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with the love of your life! I really enjoyed your touching story. Julie

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia - what a lovely photo of you and your son .. a great looking lad - a little bouncy boy who was so well worth waiting for ...

I love the photo of you both .. with thoughts to you all - have a great year ahead .. cheers Hilary

Jo said...

Hadn't heard about First Love Mondays. I enjoyed the Princess Bride but it didn't do that much for me. I do so agree about Pern. I too started with The White Dragon, I love Ruth. Did you realise my email address is a Pern dragon?

Lovely story about your son, so glad you finally achieved motherhood.

DonnaGalanti said...

Sia, fab post! I have may have to steal this blog post idea :) Princess Bride - the best indeed! Classic, witty, funny, love love love. Inconceivable! And as a mom, love for my son - yes, what a first great love. How wonderful you finally got him after so much loss. What a precious gift. As for me, I didn't like my son much when I was pregnant and when he was placed on my chest, I fell so deep I've never come back. I think I knew I would find a love so deep it would change me forever, and that's why I didnt want to connect with him as he grew inside me.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jo, it's an acquired taste in the layers of humor, not the surface actions. Just funny lines and witty.

As for the first love blog, Alex mentioned it back a few weeks ago.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hilary, he was worth waiting for and he's changed quite a bit from that photo from two years ago. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

KYRA and JULIE-

Me too. He is my joy and my miracle. I should also add, my husband loves Father's Day, too.

Margo Berendsen said...

The Dragon Riders!!! Princess Bride! I love your picks. I used to Vizinni's line memorized.

SweetMarie83 said...

What a beautiful story of how heartache can turn into such joy. What a wonderful gift. :-)

HWR Curator said...

great film choices...

We all love something...right!
Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sia, the story of your son is absolutely wonderful! What a gift. And The Princess Bride rocks.
Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

Oh, I love the Princess Bride, and the story of your son is wonderful. You are blessed. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!
A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

Johanna Garth said...

I too love The Princess Bride and this post! Seriously, one of my favorites so far and I can see how you could go on for pages :)!

James Rafferty said...

Hi Sia. There's no love quite like that first child. A moment to treasure and so many special days after that.

Andrea Teagan said...

Awww, the story about your son made me want to cry.. that was so beautiful. It was fun to read about your first loves. Im going to have to look up Marty Robbins :) and of course who doesn't love Princess Bride!

Andrea

Andrea Teagan said...

Awww, the story about your son made me want to cry.. that was so beautiful. It was fun to read about your first loves. Im going to have to look up Marty Robbins :) and of course who doesn't love Princess Bride!

Andrea

Clarissa Draper said...

My son is my greatest love in the world. I couldn't imagine my life without him.

Jessica Salyer said...

Children are the greatest love. Princess Bride was my choice too. Love that movie!

Robin said...

Thanks for sharing about your son and miscarriage struggles. I've been there too and am so grateful for my kids.

I've never read Anne LcCaffrey-you've convinced me to give it read a try:)

great post!

michelle said...

A heart-warming ending to a wonderful First Love's Collection...

Candilynn Fite said...

Oh, Sia what a touching story about your son. Thank you so much for sharing your loves with your followers. Especially your miracle, Jake. :))

Morgan Hyde said...

Instant connection via shared first loves... I love the Internet for that! The Princess Bride is such a good movie, and so much fun, and the dialogue.... I'm not going to admit how much of it I can quote, I'll just say that my sister and I can go back and forth for a LONG time. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through all that.. to have a child. I'm really happy for you that your prayer came true.
Great post - I enjoyed reading it!

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