Monday, August 22, 2011

Head In The Clouds

My head is stuck in the clouds she begs me to come down
 says boy quit foolin' around
I told her I love the view from up here, warm sun and wind in my ear
 we'll watch the world from above as it turns to the rhythm of love~~~ This is the start of one of my current favorite songs.

The other day my Husband complained that I 'm stuck in la la land. He was looking over bills and I made the mistake of saying..."It's OK Things will work out."
"Your living in a lolly pop world Joanne and I'm here in reality while your head in stuck up in the clouds."

I told him ..."Then why don't you join me?"

That didn't make him smile one bit.

After he said it a few more times I got a bit serious.

I guess I had to remind him where I came from.

I have seen it all.

As a little girl I grew up in the city where I thought every one got mugged.

I thought everyone's home were robbed

I knew the alchoholics that stood on the corner by name.

I watched as friend after friend became prey to drug dealers and become lost.

I rode trains to school and at the tender age that my own daughter is now I knew what it was like to be groped by some disgusting perve.

I know what it's like to come home from Church with my family only to find our apartment ransacked and the little that we had stolen.
I remember my Dad's face and the utter dispair in my Mom's  

I have heard the gun shots at night and the seemingly constant sirens of police and ambulances.

on the other hand

I was part of an unbelievable Family that no matter what... stayed together and helped each other.

I was part of a church that cared for it's community and helped whoever needed it. Once even offering a synagogue our church for their services after they suffered a fire.

I witnessed my dad saving plastic bottles for the homeless men so that they would have a way to make money instead of just handing them a couple dollars and hurting their pride.
I saw my mom visit people in the hospital who otherwise had no one to comfort them as they left this world

I saw a church filled with strong women and men who would support each other in the darkest times and the brightest moments of joy.

I learned that by looking into someone eyes it is hard to dismiss them and they you.

I learned that no matter how poor you think you are there is someone more in need

I learned that in the darkest corners of despair God is there...always there waiting for us to reach out to Him.

I looked in my Husband eyes

He could say nothing.  Later we were laughing about something completely silly.

I know what's out there. I know the darkness that lurks there, But I refuse to enter there. I much rather soak in the light and  I find that when I do...I am much better equipped to handle the darkness and to help others climb to join me on this cloud. There are times when I slip and fall through a space like Alice only to be caught by someone who refuses to let me hit the ground...It's nice to have friends living on the cloud next door.



  1. Choosing to look on the bright side--not a bad way to spend our time. =) Thanks for that reminder.

  2. Awesome post and confirmation to things I am seeing;)

  3. This is a wonderful post Jo,remembering your roots. May you always have your cloud!

  4. Oh girl you're making me cry, what a beautiful post. I think I need to join you there instead of being so uptight on what shoe is going to drop next.

    What a wonderful song and way to think my dear!

  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful family and support from your church group. I beleive this makes a huge difference.

  6. I hadn't ever really listened to this song's words or enjoyed the video until now. Thanks, Joanne! This is a great reminder, and I'm in awe of your upbringing. You really learned what's important and your posts keep displaying it.

  7. Beautiful post! The view is so much nicer from up in the clouds!

  8. What a fun and happy song. This is a wonderful post, Joanne. Like Robyn, I'm amazed at your upbringing. It goes to show that, through Christ, anything can be conquered.

  9. Thanks for sharing some of what makes you YOU...and special to all of us! I see things through rose colored glasses and don't like to dwell on the bad stuff! But if I had to...I would! As long as I don't...I'll live in La La land with YOU...and we'll dance with the fairies! ♥♥♥

  10. I love this kind of post! You had some rough times as a kid but great times yes stay positive, the bills will take care of themselves, somehow....I know what he is worried about.

  11. What a beautiful post. I love that after all you have been through, you can still look at your glass being half full, instead of half empty.

  12. Hey Joanne this is a beautiful post. My wife wrote a check to our church sunday, and then bought a chest from the pastors spouse, leading to an overdraught situation. She was all embarrased, I said:it's only money. We nfound change I had been hoarding for garage sales and a roll of quarters. I had a savings acct of $14.00, didn't even need it all. We went to the bank and covered it. No, no overdraught, God covered it because the church collector had not gone to the bank yet (see?).
    Can't watch your video don't have that flash thing.
    That song lyric at the very beginning sounds vaguely familiar but I cannot place it.
    Oh oh, getting too wordy here, sorry.


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