Sail On Silver Girl (or Guy)

My oldies station played Bridge Over Troubled Water this Morning. I love that song and always sing along at the top of my lungs. Perhaps it is because one of my beloved junior high teachers would frequently provide is index cards with lyrics from some of Paul Simon’s songs and have us discuss them for the poetry that they are.  Perhaps it is because the music itself is so wondrous. I am a sucker for a good lyric—ummm i happen to be in love with words. did you know that?  Thesaurus : Row of reference books

But think about the lyrics. “Sail on silver girl, sail on by; your time has come to shine; all your dreams are on their way. If you need a friend, I’m sailing right behind….” I am in LOVE with that song and lyric today. 

Imagine that. All your dreams are on their way. Imagine if that was a quote straight from God (or for that matter from someone you dearly love)—your time has come to shine; all your dreams are on their way…I mean it is so reassuring in scary times or uncertain times or even sad times….

I am a faith-filled and optimistic woman. So when I hear that, indeed, all my dreams are on their way–somedays just hearing that is enough. Even if I know that financial struggles may never end. Even if I know that my Bell’s Palsy or my son’s Lupus may never end. What I believe is this: Yes, all my dreams are on their way. However, I may not be aware that some of the things that are on their way are my dreams. I may think my dreams are one thing, but the thing that is heading my way is even better.

I must keep trying, striving, dreaming. I must do so even if it looks like it will take 20 years to get something done. Mark Twain wrote:Mark Twain Image “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, and discover”.

Now going back to not being aware that something is my dream because I have been wanting something else, here is a terrific perspective-example. When my son was 6  he had a good buddy that lived down the block who was 11. That guy was a great kid–and he had a very cool Bat-mobile toy. It was about a foot long and each side popped off, transforming it into a narrower, sleeker Bat-mobile.

My son wanted one of those for Christmas. We searched high and low. We called friends that lived all over the country. No luck–no stores had it in stock. We picked up a small metal one that had a string you pulled. You set it down, released the string, and that little metalic Bat-mobile would zoom across the floor. It was probably made by Hot Wheels and cost maybe $2. we picked it up just in case. We headed out of state for Christmas to stay with my parents (shipping the gifts ahead). My husband and I were worried that he would be heartbroken not to have that cool Bat-mobile. My dad wisely told us that we were nuts. Nuts.

Christmas morning my son opened that Bat-mobile and tried it out. He was beyond excited (he was never materialistic in the first place—why were we worried===yeh, nuts). Guess what he said—and oh it was perfect.

He said with total joy and excitement “WOW! I didn’t even know I wanted this kind of Bat-mobile!! THANKS Santa!”

And THAT is what I am TALKing about!! Yes, all our dreams are on their way, indeed. And it will be so very good. Set your sails to the wind and sail on straight onto midnight and straight on ’til morning. I am an Easter Woman and Alleluia is my song.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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38 Responses to Sail On Silver Girl (or Guy)

  1. tbnranch says:

    awwww, you make my day. Lovely post. 🙂

  2. TBM says:

    What a nice thought for the day. Thanks for that.

  3. great music and I sing it too!

  4. Debbie says:

    Kate – I love this! Great song and great reflections! I love your son’s reaction.I can’t count the number of times God has surprised me and I’ve said: Wow!I didn’t even know I wanted this … 😀

  5. Singing as I write. Thank you. Love S & G too, of course you knew that. You & I would have been playing top 40 trivia back in the day had we gone to school together. I so love this.

    Striving is one thing we all need to realize is a reason to keep our nose to the grind stone and our eyes to the heavens. I had started 2012 with one goal only, this is the year I am going to THRIVE. God Bless Kate~

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thrive on, Baroness…I don’t know about you, but sometimes thrive is re-defined by my circumstances. and there are times when only in retrospect can i see that i, indeed DID thrive. Heading for that finish line—sometimes running, sometimes falling, sometimes smiling, sometimes sobbing….but we SHALL cross the finish line….==as ever, kate

      • Absolutely defined by actual circumstances. For instance pay to play. My next topic I think. In a positive light with some Lenten reflections.

        I’m dragging today to the finish line, but its okay. The end insight is so well worth it,a quiet dinner with my BFF, and a night on the couch with some movie nominees we’ve yet to see.
        So awesome to be of His Kingdom.

  6. Easter woman–how great is that! Blessings on Ash Wednesday, Kate! I have a wonderful book that is simply Paul Simon’s lyrics written as poetry. I keep it out and read from it frequently! I can tell you’d like it! Singing the songs is a great way to enjoy it, too, of course! Keep singing your alleluias! Debra

  7. dogear6 says:

    Thanks for the encouragement!


  8. fgassette says:

    Great post!


  9. Gracie Sam says:

    Very lovely and inspiring post Kate! here’s for you 🙂

  10. mlissabeth says:

    Thank you again. Do you know the song ” Every Morning is Easter Morning,” by Avery & Marsh? They talk about bein’ Easter people in that song.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I don’t think i have heard it—but perhaps someone i know did…..i know a few people from church that say ‘i am an easter woman/man [depending on the person] — and Alleluia is my song’…. i loved the expression so much that i say it, too. perhaps that is where they got it! i hope to hear it—maybe it’s on youtuble

  11. Good morning, I have nominated a wonderful woman and her blog
    for your candle lighter award,
    She is a true inspiration as I believe you will see, and I wanted to let you know…
    Many blessings to you and yours!
    Thank you for creating a way to note those who are writing and giving hope to so many!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks so much for passing the award on to her. You, are of course correct. She is inspiring! I am glad for another reasong—so i could add not only her to the list of candle lighters, but you as well…i don’t know how it is i didn’t already have you on my list—but you surely are there now 🙂

  12. Beautiful post Kate.. love that song too.. and Its amazing how children will find pleasure out of the simplist of things.. Many years ago we didnt have much money one Chrstimas.. and had no money for presents even for the children.. So I made a soldiers fort out of a cardboard box, covered it with brick type paper and made draw-bridges and battlements.. and bought him a bag of those moulded soldiers .. He Loved it and played for hours with it.. Same year I made my daughter a dolls house out of a box and made curtains windows beds even had two floors.. I would sit up at night making them when they were in bed… And even today.. My Son is 36 and daughter 34, they both say the best Christmas presents were their cardboard toys, as they remember them the most..
    Some times Kate.. We dont need Money, just a whole lot of love to pour into the things we give..
    Hugs to you and yours and enjoyed this read.. ~ Sue xx

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Wonderful memories, Sue==I had memories like that too, and still have them. Simple times and things = major joys. One summer day I was in the living room mending some clothes. My son dragged home some appliance boxes that neighbors had put out. He made a village for us to play in…..

  13. Caddo Veil says:

    Hi Kate–this is so good that I’m laughing with tears in my eyes. “I didn’t even know I wanted this!”–Wow, can I relate!! Kind of sums up much of the last year for me. What a great God we have–He loves us so much, and gives and gives and gives! Wishing you and your family the best of His blessings today, and always.

  14. Judy says:

    What a wonderful story! “Out of the mouths of babes”~ such innocence can speak volumes and teach us all so much! What a joy he is….as is your story. (I know it was years ago, but I’m sure he’s still a joy!) Thanks for sharing.

  15. jakesprinter says:

    Excellent post you have here Kate.Nice 🙂

  16. AlohaKarina says:

    Wow. Your faith and belief are inspiring and amazing. Just–wow.

    What an excellent post. I particularly liked your story about the batmobile and your son. Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Blessings to you and your family! 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Gee–thanks so very much, Karina. Your kind comments are heartwarming. I’m glad you liked the bat mobile story; it was a pretty amazing moment. blessings to you and your family, too.

  17. Hi, I just received the Candle Light Award and was passing it on, but before i would do that i had to check you out since it comes back to you. I want to follow you because I too love words. Like your son I have Lupus SLE and I’m optimistic today. i hope to enjoy many more postings from you.

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