It’s would have been easy for my house to have been full of sadness growing up. When a father dies there is a void that can be hard to fill. I’m sure there was sadness, but when I look back what I remember is my mom’s kitchen, full of song and dance. She rarely knew all the words, but that never stopped her from singing. And as for dancing? Man could she move.
Happy Birthday Mama. This one’s for you.
Glen Miller: In the Mood-Anyone who knew here needs no explanation. At her funeral we were supposed to write a favorite memory of her for the program. All my siblings wrote nice stories or collections of memories. My brother wrote the title to this song. That said it all.
Nat King Cole-L-O-V-E: She knew all the words to this one she even “sang” the horn. Mom loved her some NKC.
Rod Stewart-Have I Told You Lately: Look, I didn’t say she had good taste all the time. This one was sweet though. She thought it made her current and cool because it was Rod Stewart. Awesome.
Elvis-Can’t Help Falling in Love-She butchered this one but I loved it anyway.
When this movie (and song) came out when I was a little kid, I pledged to myself that if I ever got my mom in a public forum I would ask her to dance to this song with me. I am forever grateful for that exact moment at my wedding. The best dance of my life.
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