Daily Prompt #JusJoJan Jan 24: Ideal

When I saw today’s #JusJoJan word, ideal, a song popped into my mind: My Elusive Dreams.

The Tammy Wynette and David Houston version was a No. 1 country hit in 1967. The song has been covered umpteen times since then. My favorite is the Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood version.

This elusive dreams in this song represent the ideal of the perfect life the man is obsessed with finding. The woman loves him, so she follows him. They travel. They face hardships. They get knocked down. They get up again…

…and they bury their only child along the way.

The message in this song is a warning of the price to pay for chasing the ideal life we’ve created in our dreams. That ideal is, indeed, elusive. It remains ever at the tips of our fingers and perpetually beyond our grasp. Perhaps there comes a time when the cost of the ideal must be weighed against finding contentment with what we have and where we are.

Ideal brought to you by Linda, #JusJoJan, and Astrid.

Until next time,
Kaye Spencer
writing through history one romance upon a time


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