Monday, November 25, 2013

A Wedding, Mama and the Piano

I had the pleasure of attending another wedding yesterday!  That makes two in the month of November!  You know what they say about "anything that happens twice"!

This time it was Shelby's Granddaughter getting married.  She was a pretty bride with her naturally curly red hair. 

Now would you believe that I sat through the entire wedding ceremony in the church with my cell phone on!  I shudder to think about that thing ringing as the bride was saying "I do"!!!  They would probably have banned me forever!!!  I am careful always to turn off my cell phone...but not yesterday!

Talk of weddings brings back a memory of mama.  When we lived in Robbins in the 1950's, Daddy bought a piano for the house.  Shelby, Jackie, and I were all given piano lessons.  Of course, Shelby was the only one who learned to play.  You may remember the story of my piano recital from an earlier post...how I wore the beautiful red gown! :)  Shudder again!

Anyway, mama never had a piano lesson, but she could play the piano by ear.  In the afternoon when the house was clean and lunch was over, mama would get a bath, fix her hair and lipstick, and get dressed before daddy got home from work.  She would sit down at the piano.  This is the living room where mama played and sang those old songs...


Even today, I can hear her sweet voice and remember two of the songs she played and sang...

There's an old spinning wheel in the parlor
Spinning dreams of the long long ago
Spinning dreams of an old fashioned garden
And the maid with her old fashioned beau

It seams sometimes I can hear them singing
While the organ's softly playing old black joe
There's an old spinning wheel in the parlor
Spinning dreams of the long long ago


The other song was....

Somebody's tall and handsome
Somebody's brave and true
Somebody's hair is very dark
And somebody's eyes are blue

Somebody came to see me
Somebody came last night
Somebody asked me to marry him
And of course I said all right

The ring is on my finger
Of course, you cannot guess
The one who placed it there
The night I told him yes

Thank you for looking at my blog.

Love,
Henny Penny


14 comments:

  1. Lovely memories...better memories to have than if your cell phone had gone off!!
    Jane x

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    1. Oh, you are so right! I am thankful my phone did not ring! Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Henny Penny, I never knew grandma knew how to play the piano nor did I know that my daddy took piano lessons. I took piano lessons for one year and I remember daddy fussing at me because I practiced when he got home from work. He would tell me I had time to practice before he got home. Oh well he loved me anyway. Love your blog and I am glad no one called you while your were at the wedding. Love you bunches!!

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    1. Hey Vicki, your daddy and I didn't take lesson very long. I was too wrapped up in dolls and day dreaming and Jackie thought it was sissy and did not want anyone to know. Listen to this...we all took dancing too. Tap and ballet...which didn't last very long either. Love, HennyCan you imagine! Jackie was all about cowboys and stuff!!

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  3. Dear Henny,
    How nice to have two weddings this month, and to enjoy this last one without your phone ringing! One of the hazards of today's world. I watched the clip of the Walton's with the spinning wheel song. I wasn't very familiar with it, but it was fun to see the old TV show. You may not believe this, but Mary McDonough, who played Erin, is my neighbor! I wound up watching the Christmas story "Mama's Best Christmas" and I enjoyed seeing her with all the rest of the cast. Mary has a Christmas party every year, and sometimes I think Jim-Bob, or Ben have been there. She is a very sweet gal, and still is an actress, and coaches young actors. I think she would enjoy your blog! Have a lovely Thanksgiving, I will have 15 here, and I do the Turkey in the barbecue, but roasted, no BBQ sauce! Everyone is bring the side dishes, and I do the potatoes, and dressing and gravy. Blessing to you and your family, Love, Pam

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  4. Oh Pam, how neat that "Erin" is your neighbor. When Lynn and Andee were young, we would not miss "The Waltons"! Our favorite show! You have a crowd coming for Thanksgiving! When both daughters come with their families we have 11 here. This year they all have plans so it will be just Dan and me. I will miss them all being here. My post is a little confusing...the old song about a wedding that mama used sing, I didn't show the words to, but remembered two other songs. Oh well, I am good at causing confusion. Hope you and all your family have a good and happy Thanksgiving day together. Love, Melba

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  5. Henny! You are a love! Well, the cell was quiet through the wedding, that was great! This is a sweet pre-Thanksgiving treat to share that beautiful song with us... Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Terry

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    1. Thank you Terry. Hope you have a good Thanksgiving too!

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  6. How lucky were you to take Piano lessons! Another wedding what fun, we have one next month. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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    1. I wish I had appreciated the lessons and learned to play. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  7. Some wonderful memories! I really like that photo. I love looking back through old photos of my family. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit.

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    1. Thank you. I too love old pictures. And, thank you for visiting!

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  8. Hi,I've been searching high and low to the name of the song you have the words to below spinning wheel..Our family friend would play her piano and sing it when I was a child I only remember
    "somebody came one evening, somebody came quite late, somebody's tall dark and handsome " I'm having no luck on searching other then finding your blog on it..Thanks Jamie

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    1. Jamie, just today I found your comment. Thank you! I love those two old songs and can just hear mama singing them. I will try to find the name of that song. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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