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?