If I Can Dream #Elvis #ElvisPresley #Graceland – #BLOG365 Day 84


This is an image of pure happiness. Me, in the foyer of Graceland. Happy happy heart! And it was decorated for Christmas! More happy heart! What does my family do with our Thanksgiving vacation? We go to Graceland!

Elvis has been a part of my life for a long time. When I was teaching my classroom transition music was Elvis. I played If I Can Dream to signal the beginning and end of reading and writing workshop. Most of my kids had no idea who Elvis was at the beginning of the year, but by the end of a year with me they sure as heck knew all about him. I even inspired a few fans. Inevitably, my students began to sing it each time we moved around the classroom and eventually asked to hear other songs. I loved the sound of their little voices singing Elvis in my classroom.

I hadn’t thought about those moments with my kids until I was walking around Graceland the other day.  There is really no better song to sum up my thoughts about teaching, parenting, and life in general and I think these words are especially appropriate considering our world today. I think they speak for themselves.

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can?t my dream come true
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away
All the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear
We’re lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We’re trapped in a world
That’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
Oh yeah

2 thoughts on “If I Can Dream #Elvis #ElvisPresley #Graceland – #BLOG365 Day 84

  1. Ahh, one more reason we get along. My kids know who Elvis is as we learn about him in Nevada (Las Vegas) and then again in Mississippi and Tennessee when we celebrate his birthday in January. I let the kids jam out to Elvis videos when we complete major assessments. He is an icon and one worthy to teach about!


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