A song comes on the radio and instantly, you’re transported to a different time and place. Which song(s) bring back memories for you and why? Be sure to mention the song, and describe the memory it evokes. Photographers, artists, poets: show us PAST.
Puff the Magic Dragon
I spent the night next door, at Melody’s house whenever she babysat me. We usually slept in her mom’s double bed, since her mom worked nights.
We were looking at Mad magazines, hanging our heads off the foot of the bed when Puff came on the radio. As soon as we heard the first notes we squealed simultaneously and threw ourselves back up to the head of the bed, closer to the radio which Melody turned up loud. Puff the Magic Dragon was our favorite song.
After we’d fallen asleep Melody’s older brother Richard came in and scooped me up out of bed. “Do you want to sleep in my room now, in the bunk beds?” Well, you bet I did! I’d never slept in bunk beds.
I wanted the top bunk, but Richard said we had to share the bottom bunk because I might fall off the top. He turned off the light and we spooned in the bottom bunk.
It was cozy, cuddling like that, but I was uncomfortable, unused to this kind of attention from Richard who usually shooed me away.
I laid still and tried to fall to sleep, but I couldn’t figure out what I was feeling, pressed up against my backside, between me and Richard. Was it a toy? I couldn’t imagine what kind of toy would feel like that.
Then I felt something wet and I wondered if he’d wet the bed, just a little.
He sent me away after that, back to sleep with Melody in her mom’s bed.