Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Wouldn't it be luverly?

While channel surfing this evening, I happened upon “My Fair Lady” which is showing on TCM. Audrey Hepburn was just beginning to sing “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely?” and immediately I was taken back to my childhood.
Funny how a song does that, isn’t it? And lovely indeed when it’s such a good memory. You see, when I was a young girl, my mother played Eliza Doolittle in a production that that was hosted by our elementary school. My mother, Charlotte, loved to sing and I grew up hearing her voice fill the rooms of our home.
As Audrey Hepburn sang the song this evening, I realized that I knew every single word by heart. When my mother was practicing her act, she played the soundtrack record over and over again. I think I know all the words to all the songs in this movie, because of my mother. She also sang in the local chapter of Sweet Adeleine’s and she had a wonderful, lilting voice.
I don’t think I was ever more proud of her in my young life, than I was the night of that play. She brought the house down with her performance that evening. And I’ll never, ever forget the look of abject happiness on her face as she stood on the stage, a huge bouquet of red roses in her arms, enjoying a standing ovation from the crowd that seemed as if it would never end. I remember it, mom.
I almost wanted to call her to tell her that I remember. Instead, I think I’ll call my father. I know he misses her, too.
Don’t you just love good memories?

10 comments:

Shimmy Mom said...

What a sweet memory. It is amazing how something like that can bring back so many memories. I love that movie!
(We did it again. I talked about a movie bringing back memories today too. Great minds must think alike. Yours is a MUCH better memory than mine though.)

Mary said...

Oh, I adore that song! You have painted such a lovely picture of your mother, that I can almost see her up there on that stage, shining with happiness. Funny, but my post was about memories today, too! Thanks for sharing yours...
xoxo,
Mary

TSannie said...

Memories must be going around - my post was about that subject as well. Loved your words, today, Kate. Your mom sounds like she was/is a wonderful person. (Your dad does, too, for that matter.)

Dr.John said...

That is a great memory. Isn't it interesting the things that will touch off those special memories.

kdwhorses said...

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Another Sister said...

...Lots of chocolate that I can eat...

Kacey said...

What a great memory you have to keep and hold. Very special!

I love that song too. I sang it in a high school choir program. Sigh. I'm sorry I missed watching it on TV.

Kareer Woman said...

What a gorgeous picture and awesome memory!

Egghead said...

This is so beautiful. What a great memory of your mother doing what she so obviously loved to do. We don't always get the chance to show our true happiness in what we do so I am glad that she did.

brneyedgal967 said...

That is a great moment. The way something - a movie, a song, a scent just takes us back in time as if no time had passed at all.

I forced MonkeyGirl to watch this film with me once. At first, she groaned because it was black and white but finally she got into it and loved it. Yay! Mission accomplished.