Puff, the magic dragon
Lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee…
This week’s assignment for the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is to write a post about a trip I’d like to take anywhere in pop culturedom. What fictional town, time, or world would I like to visit?
I love this assignment. Many ideas came to mind, including many places mentioned in songs. Some towns and landmarks are fictional and some are not. For example, the northern town mentioned Dream Academy’s Life In A Northern Town is a place in pop culturedom I’d love to visit, but it’s actually a real place, West Yorkshire. By the way, that was one of my favorite blog posts, and unfortunately, only two people read it. 😉
I also thought of the reservoir in Springsteen’s The River, however, I’m pretty sure it’s not fictional. In fact, I think I already visited it. It’s that dry river bed in southeast Kansas, which I visited a few times in high school with Joe and Jamie. These adventures were far more innocent than they sound.
I also thought of the fictional neighborhood of New Zoo Revue fame. It would be a blast to hang out with Henrietta Hippo and Freddie the Frog. (And you gotta click that link. It’s a post about the New Zoo Revue talking to kids about sperm. Those were crazy days, Gen Xers.)
So, I guess if I really could visit any place in pop culturedom it would be Honah Lee, the fictional land made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary in Puff the Magic Dragon.
When I was seven years old, something happened that pretty much changed the course of my life in ways I did not fully realize until I had children of my own. Puff the Magic Dragon helps me remember to some small degree the way things were before this event, and it reminds me of the way life was after it.