This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. Each post will be associated with a letter of the alphabet with the theme ‘Soundtracks from my life’.
I was 15 years old when the movie Aladdin came out and I immediately fell in love with this song.
In 1992, my family had a blue swing outside my house. It started its life as a grey swing and was later repainted blue and it was also relocated to the front porch after spending part of its lifein the side garden.
At the time, it was normal for us – my younger brother (who was 4 years old), my younger sister (she was 11 years old) and I to sit on the swing, after dinner, to sing all our favourite songs at the top of our lungs, even if the words were wrong. It was our version of going to the pub and singing karaoke. Of course, our favourite songs consisted mostly of tracks from the Disney movies.
When we sang “A Whole New World”, my younger sister and I would make sure that the swing would go extra high, like a flying carpet, and proceed to take turns being Jasmine and Aladdin. We didn’t care if the neighbours could hear our caterwauling. I always sat on the left of my brother while my sister sat on his right. My little brother was cradled in between us as we reached the high notes. Thinking back, those were good times. The best of times. We were carefree and singing our hearts out.
I’ve been thinking a lot about those times recently because changes have come galloping into our lives – my younger sister will be leaving the country to start a new chapter in her life and my little brother will be a father, much earlier than he anticipated. Changes that I’m not quite ready to embrace because I move at tortoise speed while they’ve sped on ahead, leaving me in their dust.
I miss the us that we were.
It’s been many years since we sat on that blue swing to sing together but suddenly, I wish we could. For old time’s sake.
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling