Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Mama sang too

I appreciate and enjoyed the comments on the singing post. That got me to remembering even more, and especially about my own Mother singing. Not that I have memories of mama sitting in a rocking chair with me in her arms, singing lullabies...but I'm sure she did. She was that kind of mother. 

Mama and daddy used to sing together. Mostly they sang hymns, and mostly it was when we were driving in the car. Shelby, Jackie, and I were young and riding in the back seat . It was absolutely beautiful, those hymns they sang together, to me anyways. Mama rode with her arm resting across the back of the seat and sometimes she would reach back and squeeze my hand, especially if daddy was fussing at us for arguing or scuffling around. 


You've probably seen this picture before. Mama used to play the piano and sing. Especially late afternoon before daddy got home from work. She played by ear...never had piano lessons. One of my favorite songs she played and sang was "The Old Spinning Wheel".  Sorry if you have read all this before...I just need to tell it again. You know how us old folks are...telling the same old stories over and over. :)

Anyhow, again, here it is, The Old Spinning Wheel...


Mama and daddy may have been listening to the radio in the car, way back then and singing along. I vividly remember the static on the car radio, the old AM station...and the voice saying, "you are listening to Cincinnati 101 Ohio". 


We were probably a couple years older then, than we are in this picture. If we got too rambunctious in the back seat of the car, mama would say, why don't you count horses and cows? But then there was an argument over who got to sit by the window. Remember counting horses and cows? If you spotted a white horse, you added 10 to your count. If you spotted a cemetery on your opponent's side of the road, you buried all their horses and cows.

I never figured out why mama laughed at me once when I yelled out "there's a cemetery"!  She go so tickled. What I thought was a cemetery was a big old brown church...made of wood that was never painted. The other time she laughed at me was when we drove past a field of hay piles and I asked why a tree was growing up in the middle of every pile of hay. You never forget your mama laughing at you. :)

Okay, I am headed outside to enjoy this wonderful beautiful sunny day. Thank you, if by some chance you are still here. Hope to be back soon.

Love,
Henny



15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post and song. I'd not heard that before. Such treasured memories you have!

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  2. Precious memories! I tell them over and over, as well!

    Grace & Peace

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  3. Such lovely memories. I haven't heard that song in a lot of years.

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  4. "if by some chance you are still here"...oh, Melba, I don't think you realize how much we all enjoy these posts about your memories from childhood! These posts about your mama and your daddy have been precious and it makes me sad when I come to the end of the post.

    I remember the episode of the Walton's when that song was played. I can't remember the elderly aunt who lived up in the mountains that passed her spinning wheel on to the Walton girls. The song is so beautiful.

    We are having the third beautiful day in a row here in WV! LOVING it!

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  5. Lovely post and photos ! My family are also musically inclined and my dad was a pianist we would have get togethers on Saturday evenings with family and all have a music party some would play instruments and some would sing it was a lot of fun !My mum also had a spinning wheel mum used to spin the wool from our sheep and I would do the carding of the wool first for her . Lots of wonderful memories here for us both lol ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  6. "Us old folks telling the same story over and over"... makes me think of my chats with my much younger sister ( who lives 1500 miles away, sadly) anyway, when she says Did I already tell you...? I always reply Tell me again because even if you did I've forgotten !

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  7. What lovely memories! I love your old photos.

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  8. I always stay to the end of your posts. Reminds me of our family way back when too. I was the youngest of the first 3. If you have time, please come read my post about my sister. I am very proud of her.

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  9. That's a beautiful and I always loved watching The Waltons. It's a sweet picture of you and your brother and sister, too. I'm trying to guess which one is you.

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  10. I did not know grandma played the piano by ear. I don't ever remember daddy telling me this. Thanks for sharing!

    Love you!

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  11. I just saw a notice that says that there are 20 miniature donkeys available for adoption at the Triple R Horse Rescue ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona. The fee is $400. I know how much you would love having one ( or two) and my grasp of US states is sadly lacking so I have absolutely no idea how far you are from Arizona. Or even if Poppy is on board with the miniature donkey idea. Just thought I'd tell you anyway.

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  12. Good memories. I think most of us went down the road being pests in the back seat.

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  13. I didn't argue with anyone when we were in the car - I was on only child.
    My mother loves to sing but doesn't carry a tune so well. Everyone is always teasing her, but she goes right ahead and sings anyway. : )

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  14. Good memories! I have not heard of horses and cows but it sounds like a great game to play in the car. We used to play the color car game with our girls, now a days all cars are black, blue, silver or gold...not as much fun! My parents never sang that I can remember, they still don't. :)

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  15. What a lovely trip down memory lane! I don't know of that game, horses and cows...I guess because we lived in the city!

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