Starry Starry Night

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Starry starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land.

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now.

Vincent by Don McLean

When was the last time you walked into a field, laid down in the grass and just stared at the stars.  Just let yourself go and dreamed of traveling to far away places.  I bet like me its been a long time.  Do you remember how it felt to truly let go of the daily struggle?  To immerse yourself in the moment without thought for what comes next? In today’s fast paced society its hard to find time to eat, never mind enjoy some quiet time.

How about parents?  How do you find time to give your children the bonding they need?  Some parents send their kids to after school programs so they can both work long hours. By the time they realize it, the kids are just photos in the living room, all grown up and gone. They were raised by teachers, TV, Facebook and their friends. When they look upon them through the eyes of a parent, will they be surprised by how much they don’t know about them?  They are only children for a short time, don’t waste that time with the quest for “Things” that could come later.  You can’t buy time.

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When was the last time you sat with your significant other and watched a sunset?  Just held hands, not saying a word.  Maybe never?  Why not!  You only get a short amount of time in this life.  Do you want to fill it up with work?  Padding someone else’s retirement?  If you retire at 65 with a bunch of money, but you get cancer at 67, what good did it do for you to have worked so hard and sacrificed so much time?  Happiness is not achieved with money.  The best you can get is comfort.  I’ll take a little discomfort and a lifetime full of great memories any day.  What are you willing to sacrifice to get what you want?

There are some things that we truly need.  Food, clothing and shelter.  To get these things we need money.  But how much?  Do you need steak every night, designer clothes or a fancy house?  No, you don’t.  Yes they are nice, but the more of them, the less time for other.  Nothing is free.  Unless you win the powerball or inherit a lot, you will always have to pick this over that.  I have pared down my “Stuff” to the bare minimum.  I don’t eat fancy meals very often and I wear inexpensive clothes.  My shelter is the truck that I drive.  No house or apt.  My only goal is the sailboat.  Once I have that, everything else is small fry.  Then I won’t need a lot of money to live at the comfort level I want.  Then I will truly be free!

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For now, I travel the country with my best friend.  I drove 603 miles today, and will do about the same tomorrow.  I know what is important in my life.  Family comes first, then work to pay for my goals.  If I stay focused, in 5 years I will have achieved the first part of my plan.  I should have enough money to purchase the boat and restore it.  Another year or two to build up an emergency fund and then take a year off to sail.  The only part of my plan I have no control over is that my buddy won’t be there to see the boat.  I’ve grown very attached to my dog, maybe to much.  Dogs truly are mans best friend, and I will never forget him.  Like Don McLean said,

But I could have told you Vincent
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

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My best friend Vinny
My best friend Vinny

 

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22 thoughts on “Starry Starry Night

  1. I went to my reader and this was posted 32 seconds ago.. I read and reread.. Vincent is one of my all time favorite songs.. Vinny is only seconded by Stewie.. I think its because they have both the same attitudes..
    I know Vinny likely won’t make the boat but I do hold out hope as thin as it may be..
    He loves you in the now, as he always has.. And I know that’s what makes relationships worth daring to have in spite of the grief we know we have to ultimately face.. Whether its people or pets..

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  2. I know.. how could you not ? I’ve seen a lot of people who love their pets but rarely do I see that connection between man and beast that is undeniably communication without words.. You and Vinny talk in a language that transends the verbal..

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  3. I absolutely love the song Vincent, how apt that your faithful dog also has this name, but shortened. My dog Blue lived for 15 years and we also had a special bond, so I understand the deep connection you must have with Vinny. I do hope he sees the boat with you one day.
    Love this post and the bit about living in the present, which is what I’m trying to do this year. Enjoying time with my family, my kids while they’re still living at home with us and trying to make the most of every day. Safe travels to you!

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  4. Great post, a lot of awesome points. Life flies by, it’s good to have the blinders off and not miss the important stuff.

    I like how you’ve set your goals and have a time frame. Smart! I, for one, am holding out for Vinny to see that boat of yours. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up with it while he’s here or maybe you’ll go on a boat trip while you have him for a couple days. 🙂

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      1. The power of hope! 🙂 Maybe rent one? Borrow one? Take him to a dealer and sit in one with him? It may not be THE one, but maybe the memory of doing something boat related with him will make you smile big, down the road. 🙂

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  5. “We who choose to surround ourselves
    with lives even more temporary than our
    own, live within a fragile circle;
    easily and often breached.
    Unable to accept its awful gaps,
    we would still live no other way.
    We cherish memory as the only
    certain immortality, never fully
    understanding the necessary plan.”
    ― Irving Townsend

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  6. 1) That is one of my favourite songs 2) you are so so right …. too many people are so concerned with earning the money to live the life that they forget to appreciate what is around us all the time. Taking the time to breath it in, taking the time to lie and stare and dream. I try not to be that person now because I am very very fortunate and I have been given the opportunity to step off the hamster-wheel. I try and sometimes I fail. I beat myself up daily but I do try. 3) Your Vinnie. He will be with you forever. He is part of you. I know many think it is ridiculous to get so attached to a dog but The Bean saved my life when she came into it. The story will be written one day but she is in so many ways what leads me on. And when she goes, which for me is unthinkable just now but she will likely go before me, she will take a little of me with her and leave a little of her with me. Vinnie is part of your tapestry as you are part of his. He will be there, his little face turned to the breeze as you sail away. He will. Just you wait and see. 4) This is a wonderful piece of writing that has me smiling and tearing up all at once. It is written with a truth from your heart and it hits the heart of this reader beautifully. Thank you

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    1. Thank you for that. When Vinny looks me in the eye, won’t turn away, cocks his head to the side…he’s trying to understand what I’m saying. That’s a connection that’s real. When he comes over when I’m upset, and just lies beside me, that’s concern and understanding. It may be partly instinctual, the result of thousands of years of domestication, but I think it’s more than just that. There’s the story of Hachikō, the dog in Japan that went to the train station for years after his owners death, waiting for him to get off the train. Can you imagine that level of loyalty? No, there’s something special about dogs. I will have one until the day I die.

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      1. I never replied – life stepped in for a while. Here’s the thing. Vinnie, The Bean, Stewie – they ARE the best friends we will ever have. I used to mock my mother because she was so wed to our dogs but she was the sane one and I was the selfish little girl who didn’t see what she saw (I miss those dogs from my childhood now. Really really miss them). The loyalty and devotion and empathy and understanding that dogs show is immeasurable. I don’t really care if some of it is instinct – much of human behavior is the same. I know the sotry of Hachiko … it’s absolutely beautiful … I think Richard Gere made movie of it? There’s Grey Friar’s Bobby in Edinburgh too – now people will tell you its a myth, a fable, he had a comfy life living close by, was well fed but the fact is that it is documented that he sat on his master’s grave every day for years. Documented by people who had nothing to earn but everything to learn from the fact. I will forever be a dog-girl and I will never be without one. All hail the dog!!!

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  7. Um, I missed something. Vinny doesn’t look old? Is that you wouldn’t subject a dog to the sailing lifestyle or is there something I’ve missed? Why can’t he come with you? I hope I’m not touching a sensitive spot by my question. I cannot imagine my life without Huny (my chihuahua), the day she is gone (I hope many years in the future), will be one of my darkest. I try not to dwell on that, but to live with her in the now. Vinny looks very healthy and happy and pleased with his life….I hope it continues to be that way for both of you!

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    1. The first pic of him, that’s not his tongue but a tumor. It may be cancer, but he is to old for chemo. We will have it partially removed in a month or so, mostly so he can eat properly, and hope it gives him a year or two more. We shall see.

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