Mental Health Break

John Denver brings back lots of memories for me.  I hear his music and I go back in time, somewhere to the late seventies, to our old living room with the rust shag carpeting.   And I remember his voice coming from the stereo in the evenings, the soundtrack to a very happy childhood.

Of all of his songs, this one is my favorite.  It’s proof that sometimes the simplest love songs are the most beautiful.

7 responses to “Mental Health Break

  1. Chris Lowenstein

    Based on our professions (teaching), the fact that we each have two sons, our love of the same books, and now this — a childhood love of John Denver — I think it is possible we were separated at birth. 🙂 Thanks for sharing that clip. It brought back lots of memories.

  2. Hey Chris —

    Do you also love chocolate old-fashioned donuts? Lilacs? Black tea? Let’s test this theory … 🙂

  3. Chris Lowenstein

    Chocolate old-fashioned are my favorites! I have one nearly every Sunday after Mass, lol. And my favorite tea is a black tea, Earl Grey. I don’t add any milk or sugar. Lilacs are nice, but my favorite flower is the tulip. Two out of three isn’t bad!

  4. Chris Lowenstein

    Ok. Here’s another test. One of my favorite authors in childhood was Laura Ingalls Wilder. Even though she wrote for kids, she’s still one of my favorites today. You?

  5. YES! As a kid, I devoured all of her books (except for Farmer Boy, because who wanted to read about Almanzo??. I finally read it last summer). My favorites were On the Banks of Plum Creek and Little Town on the Prairie.

    I am hoping my boys will like her books, too, even thought they are very female-centered (I guess there’s always Farmer Boy, right?).

  6. Chris Lowenstein

    My boys listened to a couple of her books on tape a couple of summers ago when we drove to South Dakota, where my late father-in-law’s family is originally from. The boys were 8 and 10 at the time. We actually stopped in the little town of DeSmet, SD, where Laura actually lived as a young girl. She uses DeSmet as the setting in By the Shores of Silver Lake and in every other book until the end of the series. Even though I’m the only female in the household at the moment, I managed to convince my husband and sons to spend two nights in a covered wagon at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead, which operates as a working farm. My kids, who initially protested visiting “some old fashioned girl’s house”, loved working on the farm and being with the farm animals. We’d do it again in a second. They do like Farmer Boy.

    Keep up the good work on your blog and thanks for writing it. I feel like I am visiting an old friend every time I read it!

  7. Chris, that vacation sounds fabulous. I can totally see how the boys would have enjoyed it. Maybe there is a covered wagon in our future, too …

    By the way, I had your comments in mind when I was at the library with Matthew yesterday. I ended up getting Little Town on the Prairie to re-read, just for the fun of it.