When I was a kid, I wanted to be Mary Poppins. Who wouldn’t want to eat spoonfuls of sugar, sing endlessly, and be “practically perfect in every way?” I sewed my own Mary Poppins costume for Halloween and could even repeat “Supercalifrag…etc, etc…” backwards.
And then Mom let me stay up late to watch Sound of Music. Suddenly, singing scales and yodeling seemed awfully wonderful. My friends and I belted out “Do-Re-Mi” at the top of our lungs. We felt quite proud when we could hit the high Ti-Do notes.
I admit it–I was (and still am) a Julie Andrews groupie. Many of her solos bring back special memories, even into adulthood. The year I taught at a difficult inner-city school, I frequently listened to “I Have Confidence” on the way to work. The words…
I will be firm but kind
And all those children
Heaven bless them
They will look up to me
And mind me…gave me some courage to face each terrible day.
One of my favorite happy songs was (and still is) “My Favorite Things.” I always get tickled at the part “when the bee stings,” because a friend and I always poked each other at that part, and he accidently stuck his finger up my nose one time.
Actually, my favorite things aren’t kitten whiskers (which make me sneeze) or copper kettles (that have to be scrubbed). Instead, I find I have an ever-changing list of favorites.
Here are my favorite things (this week):
1. Sitting by the fire during an Oklahoma blizzard
2. Reading about Regency England romance in “The Season” by Sarah MacLean
3. Talking to my 80-year-old Grandma about outhouses
4. Knocking out two more agent query letters (fresh and full of promise)
5. Watching Lucy argue with Ricky about an expensive hat
6. Listening to (not reading, but listening to) Julie Andrews read her own biography Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.
What are your favorite things this week? Does a song have a special place in your heart? I think music is such a powerful force in our lives, and you writers will agree that the words are just as important. Words set to music have power, create memories and change lives.