Chasing Dreams

Hello all!
This month I am putting up my blog a bit early, as I am off to chase my holiday dreams in the Auvergne. Which of us does not chase dreams?  Perhaps we need to do this to help us realize our dreams, but perhaps we need to keep at least one foot on the ground… In this time of illness, dashed hopes, and difficulties of all sorts, perhaps we need dreams more than ever. I am putting up my adaptation of La Fontaine’s tale about dreams: I have changed the ending, – for in my view, just because a dream cannot become reality now, it does not mean it never will…. So my message to myself and to you is, keep dreaming and keep trying… who knows?….  one day… ?

Perie and the Milkpot
Pretty Perie had a pot
of milk upon her head,
resting on a cushion there,
as away she sped!

Down the path, towards the town,
our dairymaid just thought
of all the money she would make
– when her milk was bought!

She would buy a hundred eggs,
watch them hatch with care,
bring them up around the house,
look out, and stay aware!

“Foxy will not eat them all,
the others, I will sell.
I’ll buy a piggy, yes I will,
like others who do well!

Piggies don’t cost much to feed
and fatten up quite nice.
When he’s really round and plump,
I’ll sell him at a price.

I’ll get a pretty sum for him
I’ll spend it on a cow,
a cow with calf, – indeed why not?
Or what about a sow?”

With happy thoughts and merry dreams
our milkmaid hopped and skipped.
The milk fell off, it drained away
the farmyard lost, she’d tripped!

This farce is known to all who dream
of castles in the air.
In Spain perhaps, or somewhere else,
we know, we’ve all been there!

Remember though, those other lands
where dreams may still come true.
Keep going and your dreams and mine
may live, for me and you!

Published by Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore

After many years working as a clinical psychologist in the NHS, I became an author. My years as a mother and grandmother gave me plenty of practice telling children stories. I have become very interested in dinosaurs and animals, and I really enjoy rhymes and riddles!

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