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A Few of My Favorite Things

One of my favorite things in nature to witness on a gloriously gray winter day.

One of my favorite things in nature to witness on a gloriously gray winter day.

Celebrating a lovely Winter Solstice in Austin with dear friends this evening who showered us with good food and drink and treasures for the children and handmade gifts for the Mamas…all within the backdrop of their magically decorated home, I was instantly pulled out of my secret holiday season blues (officially not a secret anymore).  Thank you Sweet B!

Reflecting on all the wonderful things we experienced tonight, I can’t seem to get The Sound of Music‘s life-is-good classic out of my mind.

For a little pre-sleep escape, I found two “Favorite Things” links that remind me of a few things I put in the favorite category.

1)  The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews singing “My Favorite Things”.  The nerdy side of my taste in music includes a heart-aching love of musicals and marching bands. One of my recent favorite happy cries outside of holding each of my babies for the first time was witnessing the senior citizens rock out on their horns in the First Night parade downtown last year. I can’t wait to experience it again!

2) Björk. And the bold, risk-taking, creativity in the musical film Dancer in the Dark. She sings “My Favorite Things” while separated from her son in prison and the song’s melancholy minor-key nature trumps the sweet lyrics — and then some — thanks to the tormenting scene.  This is one of those movies that you either love or hate. Its reviews are all over the map. I happen to be one of those people that thinks Björk is a musical genius and I loved this film despite its grim, heart-breaking storyline of a mother unjustly sentenced to death. But I’m a Scorpio with Irish blood that has full appreciation for doomy gloomy art.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

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