Peter Pan was my first crush.
Many years ago, when I was just a young tot of two, (maybe younger, but I don't remember that far back) I had a record player. I listened to music and stories on my record player. I remember having several versions of the story of Peter Pan that I loved listening to.
Peter Pan frequently sent Tinker Bell to my home to visit me. I remember more than once, sitting in my living room while a light darted about the ceiling. I spoke to it. My parents might tell you that it was my dad holding a hidden flashlight, but that wouldn't be the truth - it was Tinker Bell.
I'm sure I visited Never Never Land after falling asleep many nights.
When I was three, just before Halloween, I fell and broke my left arm, just above the elbow. I already had my costume and no broken arm was going to stop me from dressing as, you guessed it, Peter Pan.
|My brother and I. 1978|
|At the preschool Halloween class party. Most of the time, I wore my sling inside my shirt.|
One of my favorite records as a child was a theatrical performance of Peter Pan on LP. It was a very groovy recording with original music. I LOVED that record. I can still sing the opening song from it. "There's a magic place I know, where it's summer all year through. A land at rainbows end of games and let's pretend, Never Land is waiting for you!"
|Terrytown Players, I love you.|
The record was made in 1977
|Stunning art work.|
It really set my small child's imagination running.
I went to see Peter Pan when it came to Dallas and starred Sandy Duncan! (late 70's early 80's, I don't know the year) I remember going to see that. It was such a thrill. Years later I was introduced to the Mary Martin version of Peter Pan. I taped it off the TV and had it on VCR tape so I was able to watch it over and over and over. "I have a place where dreams are born and time is never planned. It's not on any chart, you must find it with your heart, Never Never Land." Then, as a teenager, the Cathy Rigby version came to Dallas and I saw that performed.
|The Playbill for Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan|
|The first unabridged book of Peter pan that I read.|
There were movies, like Hook, in 1991 that were lots of fun. There were other movie versions that were well done, but not my favorite telling of the story.... I was in the play Peter Pan when I was 10 or so years old. I played the snake. I got to hang out with the crocodile. I was in every scene the crocodile was in. I don't have any photos of my in my snake costume, but I know my mom has at least one, somewhere.
I tried to convince my husband to name one of our children Peter, but I never could get him to go with me on that.
I had the most awesome record ever of the Disney's Peter Pan:
|Yes, amazing pictures from the movie printed right onto the record.|
Then, six years ago, I had the opportunity to go to London for about 36 hours. I didn't care what I saw or did in London, as long as I visited the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens. It took several subway trains from my hotel and a very, very long walk through a huge park before I found Peter, but found him I did. A kind stranger took a picture of me with Peter Pan. I was 8 months pregnant at the time with baby #4. Sadly, I haven't seen those pictures since coming back from London. I have no idea what happened to them. I hope one day to find them, but until then, just know that I've been there. I've seen Peter. I sat on a bench across the walk from him, looked at him and thanked him for the many, many wonderful years we've know each other.