Who Won the Week? 03/28/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week’s winners of Who Won the Week are Donna and Thomas Wall.Never heard of them? Neither had I until I read this heartwarming story.

Donna and Thomas, both 70, first met in 1967 at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Four years later they got engaged at the ballpark. And in 2007 they had their 35th wedding anniversary there.

A few weeks ago they celebrated yet another milestone at Fenway Park. They both received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the ballpark.

Donna Wall said that they were blessed “to start this year with being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and, hopefully, maybe take the grandsons and the granddaughters to a ballgame.”

The Walls are also happy to be able to hug their grandchildren in the near future. The couple says they have not been able to hug their grandkids since last summer.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — Forever Young

Jim Adams is thinking long-term with this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme words: endless, eternity, everlasting, forever, infinity, and omega. The song I decided to go with is “Forever Young,” a song by Bob Dylan, recorded in November 1973. The song first appeared (in two different versions, one slow and one fast) on Dylan’s fourteenth studio album Planet Waves (1974).

I couldn’t find Dylan’s fast version on YouTube, but here’s the slow version:

Dylan had four children between 1966-1969, including his youngest Jakob, who went on to front The Wallflowers. Originally written as a lullaby for his eldest son Jesse, born in 1966, Dylan’s song relates a father’s hopes that his child will remain strong and happy. It opens with the lines, “May God bless and keep you always / May your wishes all come true,” echoing the Old Testament’s Book of Numbers, which has lines that begin: “May the Lord bless you and guard you / May the Lord make His face shed light upon you.” As I mentioned, Dylan included two versions of the song on the album, one a lullaby and the other more rock-oriented, because he didn’t want to sound too sentimental.

Here are the lyrics to Dylan’s “Forever Young”:

May God’s bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
May you stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay
May you stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
May you stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
May you stay forever young

Rod Stewart recorded a song titled “Forever Young” that was released as a single and included on his 1988 album Out of Order. The song was remarkably similar to the Bob Dylan song of the same title, sharing not only a similar melody but many of the same lyrics. Stewart agreed to share his royalties with Dylan. Here’s Stewart’s “Forever Young.”

FOWC with Fandango — Figure

FOWCWelcome to March 28, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “figure.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.