December 23, 2007

My Favorite Things...

I remember learning this song
for a Christmas Pageant at my tiny grade school;
not really knowing what streudels or schnitzel were,
but they must be pretty good things
to make it onto this list.
Heck, I had never seen "The Sound of Music"
when I was 6 or 7 years old.

Our music teacher/show director
was a Juilliard School graduate,
a pianist, who also happened to
be a concert-level harpist, but who
seemed very happy and proud
to be working with 50-60 school children
ranging in ages from 5-12,
who truly were not very good singers,
but loved to sing
I still remember these lyrics -
Miss Goodwin taught us that well.

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 your 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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