Thursday's Child: Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa

Friday, July 17, 2015

"If you build it, he will come."

Those words, from the movie Field of Dreams, were particularly true for us. It was the first movie Andrew and I saw together, before we started dating, and it's one of our favourites.  Our girls love it, too, even the one who doesn't like baseball. So yes, if they built this field - or rather, if they kept it after the movie was finished filming - it was destined that we would eventually come.


Everything about our visit was as perfect as the movie. The corn was tall enough that we could imagine a team of players wandering onto the field at any moment. We played catch in the outfield, we ran the bases, we sat in the stands. We were just about to leave when two players dressed in old-time White Sox uniforms arrived. (In case you're wondering, they came via car rather than the cornfield.) And it gave us a chance to reenact some of our favourite movie moments.




Shoeless Joe Jackson: "I'd wake up at night with the smell of the ball park in my nose, the cool of the grass on my feet ... the thrill of the grass."


Dr. Archibald "Moonlight' Graham: "To run the bases - stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?"

Remember when Moonlight Graham crossed the foul line to save Karin?
Dr. Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham: "Son, if I'd only gotten to be a doctor for five minutes, now that would have been a tragedy."


Terence Mann: "Baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that was once good, and could be again. Oh ... people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come."


Ray Kinsella: "Hey, Dad. You wanna have a catch?"
John Kinsella: "I'd like that."



22 comments:

Julie said...

When were you there? You were close to Omaha, wish you'd have stopped in for a visit. It's such a fun place isn't it and yes, what a great movie!!!

Angie Schneider said...

I like the movie even though I don't understand much baseball. Thanks for sharing, Beth.
Have a lovely weekend!
Angie

Beth said...

Julie, I was just there last weekend. We only made it as far south and west as Iowa City, so unfortunately didn't make it to Omaha. It's funny, though - I took a taxi to the airport, and the driver was telling me how great Omaha is. Maybe next year!

Barbara said...

A fun post, Beth. I liked that movie too and am a Costner fan.

Gloria Baker said...

a lovely post Beth! I love this and the pictures are really lovely too!
Have a lovely weekend!

Laura Dembowski said...

I just watched Field of Dreams. It was such an interesting movie and it's very cool that you went to the field.

The Glamorous Gourmet said...

What a classic movie & so cool you got to visit the field! Thanks for sharing your experience with us:)

Jemi Fraser said...

Got a chill reading the quotes!
Time to rewatch! :)

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

Oh, this is so cool! I loved this movie when I was growing up, and I would love to see the Field of Dreams in person one day. What a sweet little place to visit! And such great pictures you got!

Cakelaw said...

I haven't seen the movie, but I have heard its catchphrase. This is such a fun post - the photos are marvellous.

Monica said...

That's brilliant! Looks like a very fun afternoon. I have to ask my husband about this movie! : ) Keep enjoying summer!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Beth, looks like you all had a really nice day, great pics.

Joanne said...

Love it! Going to have to show this to the.boy since he is a MAJOR baseball fan.

handmade by amalia said...

I love this movie! And all I know about baseball is that there is a ball involved :-)
Amalia
xo

Caroline Taylor said...

Looks like a great place.

Kayte said...

Beth, this is just a few miles from where I grew up in Iowa. :-) Such fun to think of you there! xo

Beth said...

Kayte, I didn't know you grew up in Iowa! We loved it there!

Kayte said...

Yep, I grew up in the town of Strawberry Point, not far from Dyersville, friends from Dyersville all my growing up years. We would go to Dubuque for shopping, etc., so always stopped by Dyersville for ice cream at a nice place there. :-)

Liz Berg said...

Like Kayte, I grew up in Iowa, but I've never been to the Field of Dreams site. Fun thinking of you in my home state!!!

Beth said...

Liz, I thought of you while I was in Iowa; I think you mentioned growing up in Ames. It was my first visit to the state and I loved it!

I Wilkerson said...

I love the picture of you in the corn. Fun trip!

Mary @ The World Is A Book said...

It's been years since I've seen this movie. This looks like a fun visit especially the movie has great meaning for the both of you. I've always wanted to go through those types of cornfields. :)

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