Monday, March 7, 2016

Looking back...

Did you sing to your children when they were young? I did, and I can't sing a lick. I sang to my sweet daughters, Lynn and Andee.




they were convinced their mama could sing. Even today, I've heard Lynn say, "yes you can sing mama, remember the song you sang to us about the doll". I'm their mama, they are supposed to feel this way about me. :). 

There was one very special song...they loved it. It was The Mama Doll Song by Patti Page.





Back in the late 50's, we had this old Patti Page 78rpm record. It was a favorite of mine and I must have listened to that thing a hundred times. No wonder I knew it by heart and could sing the entire song to my daughters.

Daddy loved Patty Page too and his favorite was The Tennessee Waltz. Oh my goodness! Such a beautiful song. I remember dancing with daddy to this song. We had a juke box in the basement of our house in the country. A fun place to have parties. I remember dancing the polka with my cousin Patty one partying night...I've never laughed so much. We tore the floor up!! And speaking of tearing the floor up...now my sister Shelby could dance! We all danced and had fun!



My ninth grade school picture. Pardon the coffee stains from many many years ago. It was along about this time or a year or so later that I danced with daddy...



and this was daddy along about about that time too.

Funny how I woke up this morning thinking about all this. No wonder I woke up tired and feeling a little sad.

Guess I need to get back to work. Got phone calls to make and lots to do. Hope to back here soon. Appreciate your visiting.

Love,
Henny

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  1. I remember The Tennessee Waltz too. I sang all the time, even though I can't carry a tune in a bucket. Once on a long car trip from Germany to Spain I sang the whole album from the play Camelot-I loved it.

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    1. Janet! That is amazing! You make we want to hear what the music from Camelot sounds like. Wonder if I can find it on line?

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  2. I used to sing to my 3 daughters all the time and still sing to my sweet grand children. I can't sing either...

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    1. I bet just about all moms sang to their babies, don't you? :)

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  3. What lovely memories . . . I hope they have you singing and dancing all day. Animals love to hear singing too, you know. I have a memory from my first marriage. We lived in an old abandon farm house way out in the boonies. The farmer still farmed his land, but he built a new house miles away and we rented this old place for $15 a month. This was in the late 1960's. Anyway I was all alone out there and one evening while feeling blue . . . I went outside and started singing and because we were far from everyone I sang at the top of my lungs. Soon I had an audience of about twenty cows. They came from the field to see what was going on and stay for the show, LOL.

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    1. Hey Connie! $15.00 a month rent! Wow! That is the sweetest story. I bet your singing was beautiful and you didn't if you had your guitar with you.

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  4. I don't remember ever hearing that song before. I certainly must have, but evidently it didn't make an impression on me. I did love How Much Is That Doggie in the Window. My sister and I used to love to dance, too , and had a record player in our bedroom. It's a good thing the floor was covered with linoleum; we'd have worn out a carpet.

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    1. Hey Peg. I had forgotten about How Much Is That Doggie In The Window:...I used to sing that one too. Shelby and I had record players too. I remember her's being in a blue case and mine was in a coral colored case. Those were the good old days!!

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  5. What sweet memories! I don't recall that song but it is so pretty. No wonder the girls loved you singing it to them. Mama's voice is always so precious! Have a blessed day.

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    1. Hey Melanie. That is so true...Mama's voice is always precious.

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  6. Sweet wonderful memories.... I used to sing to my daughter and grandchildren, usually Danny Boy, or a well-known Scottish song called Roamin' in the Gloamin', I bet you were such a great mum and daughter.
    ~Jo

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    1. Hey Jo. I remember Danny Boy but never heard Roamin' in the Gloamin'. I'm going to look for that on line! Hope you are feeling good today!

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  7. What special memories you have of your growing up days, my friend. I loved seeing the pictures. Your dad was a very handsome man.

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    1. Thank you Dianna. Daddy was a handsome man. :)

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  8. I adore The Tennessee Waltz!! Great photos, and beautiful memories!

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    1. Thank you! That was such a pretty song.

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  9. I loved all your old photos! My parents loved Patty Page too so I grew up listening to her albums. So lovely you have such wonderful memories.

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    1. Thank you! I think just about everybody knew and loved Patti Page. She had such a beautiful voice.

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  10. I love the Tennessee Walz, too, and danced lots of dances with my papa, too. Such fun memories. Your daughters were beautiful little girls. I couldn't sing either but sang to my girls and sing to my grandsons all the time. Both my daughters have beautiful voices. Don't know where they got them!

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    1. I love that you call him papa. Thank you. Both my daughters sing much better than I ever could. I would be embarrassed to sing where anybody could hear me now. :)

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  11. Your daddy's one handsome man. And what wonderful memories to have. I could hear Patti Page singing that song the minute you mentioned it.

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  12. Enjoyed a look into your past. : ) Wonderful memories.
    Yes, I sang to my kids all the time. I used the wake them up singing.

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    1. Oh, that is so sweet. That was a good way to wake up.

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  13. Wow! those singers were from a long time ago! I like both of them. I didn't like the doll song but then I'm a guy!

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    1. Well, I can see how you would not care for the doll song. :)

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  14. What a pretty girl you were ( and still are). Your daughters take after their mom. And you have your dad's eyes I'd say.

    I used to listen to Patti Page and loved The Tennessee Waltz. Did she sing How much is that Doggie in the window? Now that's a song I sang to my kids!!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate that! Patti Page did sing the doggie in the window song. That was a fun song to sing.

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  15. What a lovely post. I don't recall that song but it is cute.

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  16. Aw Henny, don't be sad......feel blessed because you have such happy memories! And you've made such happy memories for your daughters too!

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    1. That's true, Diane. I should just be thankful that I have happy memories. Thank you.

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  17. Aw. That is a sweet song. What cherished memories.

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  18. Awww What a great memory. I use to sing to my boys also and I can not sing a lick. I have wonderful memories of mama singing to me in the car. I always loved her to sing "how far is heaven?"
    Love you!

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    1. Hey Vicki. I remember what a good voice your mom had. She could sing anything! I don't know that hymn. I'll look it up too. Love you!

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  19. Oh, I loved Patti Page too. Just perfect for me to sing along with.
    Yes, I did sing to my children. I had a song for every occasion. Alas, my kids got a bit older and didn't appreciate my songs. "Stop singing!", they said. It still makes me sad. I don't find myself breaking into song nearly as much as i used to, and now my "pipes" are getting rusty. :-(

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    1. Oh, so are my pipes rusty! :) Thinking about a song for every occasion, I bet you sang Here Comes Peter Cottontail, for Easter. I sang that one too. Oh, and Easter Parade. Thank you Linda.

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  20. Mama, you can too sing!! I love this post. I remember singing other songs while driving home from shopping. The ants go marching one by one...
    Love you!
    Lynn

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    1. I can not sing Lynn!! :) I remember that too! I love you!

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  21. I have never heard that song before, but I love it, after listening to it. I just sent the link to my daughter, hoping she will learn to sing it to my lil granddaughter. :)

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    1. Thank you. I hope your daughter likes the song too.

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  22. I loved hearing about your childhood...and I think you look like your daddy.

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  23. Oh it was Eddy Arnold's LP that my mother had and I almost wore out. That man could sing, but I truly loved Elvis. When I was about 10 I knew for sure he would come find me someday and we would be married. I guess I don't need to tell you it never did happen!

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