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01/31/2006: "sweet dreams"

They were delightful for Ephraim last night, anyway. As I was watching him sleep after a feeding Ephraim started smiling in his sleep. Nothing new that way, but still so adorable! Then Ephraim started giggling! He was laughing in his sleep =)

Update to add these lyrics
When You Dream, by bnl
Words by steven page & ed robertson. music by steven page

With life just begun, my sleeping new son
Has eyes that roll back in his head
They flutter and dart, he slows down his heart
And pictures a world past his bed
It’s hard to believe
As I watch you breathe
Your mind drifts and weaves

When you dream,
What do you dream about?
When you dream,
What do you dream about?
Do you dream about
Music or mathematics
Or planets too far for the eye?
Do you dream about
Jesus or quantum mechanics
Or angels who sing lullabies?

His fontanelle pulses with lives that he’s lived*
With memories he’ll learn to ignore
And when it is closed, he already knows
He’s forgotten all he knew before
But when sleep sets in
History begins
But the future will win

When you dream,
What do you dream about?
When you dream,
What do you dream about?
Are they colour or black and white,
Yiddish or english
Or languages not yet conceived?
Are they silent or boisterous?
Do you hear noises just
Loud enough to be perceived?
Do you hear del shannon’s ’runaway’ playing
On transistor radio waves?
With so little experience,
Your mind not yet cognizant
Are you wise beyond your few days?
When you dream,
What do you dream about?
When you dream,
What do you dream about?

* If you change this to a singular "life" then it fits in quite nicely with the LDS doctrine of the pre-mortal existence.

Replies: 7 Comments

on Wednesday, February 1st, Autumn said

I love to watch my children sleep. Especially when they are very little like Eph. I can't help but think they are conversing with their friends and family across the veil. SO PRECIOUS!

on Wednesday, February 1st, Moi said

Maybe I have a poor memory for things like this, but I can't recall ever seeing one of my children laughing in their sleep at this age. I also don't recall ever wishing I had a video camera in the bedroom before =D

on Wednesday, February 1st, MomR said

I don't recall any of my children laughing out loud or giggling in their sleep even as they got older. I do remember them smiling tho'. I've heard that they are talking to angels then. What do you think?

on Wednesday, February 1st, Moi said

I don't know, myself, when sleep/dreams become more like what we know them to be.

BNL has a song called "When you dream" that I'm going to add the lyrics to above.

on Thursday, February 2nd, MomR said

I really like the words to that song. I find it surprising that they were written by men. It sounds more like something a mother would write. (My opinion)

on Thursday, February 2nd, Moi said

The authors' gender didn't surprise me--but hearing "fontanelle" used in a song did =)

It may be a personal experience thing too. My opinion is shaped by my memories of my father and watching Richard love and nurture our children. I think that there is not much (beyond the actual time in the womb and breastfeeding) that a father couldn't experience, and therefore express, with as much delight and love as a mother.

Ooh, this sounds like a good topic for a blog entry!

on Friday, February 3rd, MomR said

I agree hearing the workd "fontanelle" in a song is unusual. And I also agree that men can be very nurturing. People used to think that that's why men couldn't make good nurses because they "can't be as nuturing as women." I had had experience with quite the contrary myself.

So it stands to reason your last comment. As I wrote mine my tho't was "boy that sounds sexist." But it was my tho't just the same.

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