My escape

December 5, 2008 at 4:51 am (Discoveries, Journaling, Memories)

When I was a little girl, my mom, sister and I listened to the Les Miserables soundtrack. We listened to it so much that I had the entire thing memorized before I was old enough to know what half the songs were about. My favorite was Cosette’s “Castle In The Clouds”
I loved that song because it was easily relatable, even when I was tiny. The lyrics are simple and clear, so I knew what she was saying, and it’s a little girl singing (making it even more relatable for a little girl listening).

Since I was too young to know the whole plot of Les Mis, I would think about the little girl and wonder if she ever found a happy place, or if her castle ever existed in reality. I thought about it a lot, and fell in love with her little solo.

Even now, knowing the full plot and concept of the novel, I think about little Cosette’s castle. It would be such an amazing escape that any kid would like. There’s an easily understood appeal to it, I think.

I found this picture through smashingmagazine.com, one of my favorite design blogs. They feature different aspects of photography a lot of the time, and the blog post was themed Reflective Photography. You can see more from the specific artist here.

I love this picture for obvious (at least, hopefully obvious, by this point in the post) reasons. It wasn’t my favorite picture in the whole post, but it has a special little escapist-related place in my heart.

Cosette's Castle, I'm pretty sure

There is a castle on a cloud,
I like to go there in my sleep,
Aren’t any floors for me to sweep,
Not in my castle on a cloud.
There is a room that’s full of toys,
There are a hundred boys and girls,
Nobody shouts or talks too loud,
Not in my castle on a cloud.
There is a lady all in white,
Holds me and sings a lullaby,
She’s nice to hear and she’s soft to touch,
She says “Cosette, I love you very much.”
I know a place where no one’s lost,
I know a place where no one cries,
Crying at all is not allowed,
Not in my castle on a cloud.

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