Here is a short (3 minute) clip of celebrating Luke’s 1st birthday at NaNa and PopPop’s house. Mom makes an appearance around the 1:30 mark but her voice and laughter can be heard throughout the entire video. It reminds me what a perfect hostess she was: making sure everyone had what they need and always brightening up the conversation with her happy spirit. How I love her!
More of these to come, as I transfer my home movies from analog tape to digital.
Hope you enjoy them!
I can’t decide if it’s appropriate to post the video here, but I made this video for Henry, who likes to call for the recipe when he’s cooking it. Come to think of it, cooking Mom’s recipes probably just makes him want to talk to the family. Which means this video was unnecessary, but it’s done so I’ll post it here for now.
Here is the full version of Mom singing Moonriver for Patty, who video-taped it during our trip to Kauaii. You can hear PopPop in the background teaching one or both of Patty’s boys, how to play poker! At first, it bothered him to hear that he was talking through Mom’s performance … but I thought it was a very sweet scene to imagine: Mom singing a sentimental song from Patty’s childhood, so that she could tape it. And Dad, hanging out in the hotel room with his grandsons teaching them to play cards.
When my mom would put the kids to bed each night, she would let us each pick a song that we wanted her to sing to us before we fell asleep. I think all of the kids in the family cherish this as a very special part of our childhood. With six kids, it must have been a very long process, now that I think about it. But as a child, it was a few minutes of the day when we had our Mom all to ourselves as she sat on the edge of our bed and sang our request. This song, MoonRiver, (we all later learned) turned out to be the song that everyone thought was “their special song.” Knowing kids, I wonder if it was the song that took the longest to sing?
When we were in Hawaii for Helen & Henry’s 50th wedding anniversary, Patty coaxed my Mom into singing it to her yet again! And, thank goodness, she even videotaped it! I posted just about 20 seconds of the song here, because I’m not really sure how my Mom would feel about a video of her singing being posted to the intenet? Would she mind? When I was a little girl, I thought my Mom had the most beautiful singing voice I’d ever heard, even prettier than Snow White. I still think she has the voice of an Angel. The very best part is the end, where she gives Patty a kiss and tells her she loves her. It makes me feel like she’s right here, giving me a kiss goodnight.