I guess I’d be a hero, With sword and armor clashing
Looking semi dashing, A shield within my grip
Or else I’d be a Viking and live a life of daring
While smelling like a herring, upon a Viking ship.
I’d sail away, I’d see the world, I’d reach the farthest reaches
I’d feel the wind, I’d taste the salt and sea.
And maybe storm some beaches.
That’s who I’d be. That’s who I’d be.
For a time, Shrek the Musical was the soundtrack of the ride to school in the Gromo household. I tend to obsess a little (ummm Hamilton anyone) and if we aren’t listening to a book, we are listening to a Broadway soundtrack. The Shrek era was when my kids were little; probably all under 10. It is an excellent fun soundtrack with good messaging (you all by yourself are just fine and lovable!)
Stumbled upon the soundtrack last week on my phone & once again subjected my kids to a listen in the car. The car was quiet as we listened to “Who’d I Be.” It’s Shrek envisioning who he would be if he had a choice – a hero, a poet, a Viking. My thirteen year old posed the question “what would you be/do if you could do/be anything?”
The fifteen year old replied “a million more wishes.” When that answer was declined by the panel, he suggested an engineer who changed the world. Good.
The questioner herself said to marry Eddie Redmayne.
The eleven year old is wishing for a career in the Majors.
I pressed Eric Hosmer & Mrs. Redmayne further saying “seriously – what would it be.” Thirteen year old replies “come on – you would just tell us that we could do it and that we should.” See they are listening. She then pressed me, “what would you do?” I started with wanting to see my kids fulfilled and happy as they grew older. “But seriously Mom?” I want to write a young adult fiction novel that gets adapted to a movie. She says “well you should do it.”
I’d have a hero’s ending, a perfect happy ending.
That’s how it would be
A big bright beautiful world
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