14 June 2008

One Thing


Far away places with strange-soundin' names
Far away over the sea
Those far away places with the strange-soundin' names
Are callin', callin' me

Goin' to China or maybe Siam
I want to see for myself
Those far away places I've been readin' about
In a book that I took from the shelf

I start gettin' restless whenever I hear
The whistle of a train
I pray for the day I can get underway
And look for those castles in Spain

They call me a dreamer, well maybe I am
But I know that I'm burnin' to see
Those far away places with the strange-soundin' names
Callin', callin' me

(I pray for the day when I'll find a way
Those far away places to see)

Those far away places with the strange-soundin' names
Callin', callin' me
At the top of the page are the three queens of the Cunard Line: Victoria, Mary, and Elizabeth. Sitting at the apex of my personal "bucket list" is to board a great liner for a trip around the world. Other things on the list have come and gone, been achieved or discarded, but this is the one thing that remains.

It was 1949 and at the age of five after already having moved seven times, I was sitting in my bedroom, reading my books while the radio played, Far Away places. There was no way to know that moving would be something I learned to do very, very well while destroying the address books of loved ones and friends. In just one 12 year period there would be more than 20 schools between first grade and high school graduation. The only period of being stationery would be from the purchase of a house in 1964 to divorce in 1971, and "Anywhere I Hang My Hat is Home" and "It's Just the Gypsy in My Soul" would become theme songs.

A cousin who had lived in only two homes and in sixty years had never been more than 30 miles from home except for rare long vacations, asked if there was anything I had missed. I answered that the only regret was not having a "home town". You may not be able to go back again. I don't even have an again to visit. It is probably fortunate that being born a Californian, I'm used to the shifting of tectonic plates.

So today's question:

What is the "ONE THING" on your bucket list that has never been erased or questioned, that you are still longing to do?


the teach said...

Gee, Jamie, that's a good question. I don't know... I have cruised on big ships not around the world though. I've been to Australia, and Hong Kong, and HAwaii, and France and England... I don't know. I certainly would love to live in the south - Florida I guess, on the ocean, it has to be the ocean. I don''t know if that will every happen though...
I hope you get your wish! :D

Linda said...

That sounds like a lovely thing to have at the top of your bucket list.

I'd love to take a ride on the Orient Express - either the European or the one here in Canada I believe it is. That would be an absolutely wonderful trip in my mind.

I'd also like to stay at The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park for a week. I can smell the pines now!

Travis said...

Damn blogger never eats the short comments.

As I said...

The one thing that has always been on my list was to visit Pear Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. I was able to do that a few years ago.

The second thing is to tour the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields. The third thing is to visit the Normandy beaches and the D Day cemetaries.

Those things have always been on my list, since I was about 7 years old.

Oh...the 4th thing is to own a 1956 TBird. **grin**

This Eclectic Life said...

I knew you had moved a lot from other things you have said. I never realized you had moved quite so much! Shifting of tectonic plates, indeed! A cruise ship isn't on my bucket list. Mine is sooo long. But, I think I regret nearly every day that I didn't learn Spanish. As for places to go? I wanna kiss the Blarney Stone.

WillThink4Wine said...


carol g said...

We certainly are kindred spirits in the being able to move "in the blink of an eye". I have managed to do coast to coast 3 times. I think moving is my way of cleaning out clutter.

One of the big things on my list will happen this October. Hubby and I are cruising THROUGH the Panama Canal (from L.A. to Miami).