I know I haven’t posted here for a while. There’s been a lot going on. I’ll be making up for that soon.
Last night, though, I found a story on CNN that touched me. This is the story of a 47-year old woman named Susan Boyle. She has a slight learning disability. She spent most of her adult life caring for her elderly parents, and doing charity work. She’s never been married, never been kissed. Her mother died last year, but before she died, she told Susan to follow her dream, and go on this show, if she could.
The link will take you to a YouTube clip of Susan’s appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, a kind of British American Idol. The clip is phenomenal. It brought tears to my eyes.
This is one of my favorite songs of all time. I’ve posted the lyrics below. They are especially poignant to me, for some reason. This woman finally got to live the dream she dreamed.
I Dreamed a Dream – Les Miserables
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
I dreamed a dream in days gone by
When hope was high and life worth living.
I dreamed that love would never die.
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.
Then I was young and unafraid,
And dreams were made and used and wasted.
There was no ransom to be paid,
No song unsung, no wine untasted.
But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder.
As they tear your hope apart,
As they turn your dream to shame.
He slept a summer by my side.
He filled my days with endless wonder.
He took my childhood in his stride.
But he was gone when autumn came.
And still I dreamed he’d come to me,
That we would live the years together.
But there are dreams that cannot be,
And there are storms we cannot weather.
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living,
So different now from what it seemed.
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.