Singing with Mama

“I’m a lonely little petunia in an onion patch….

When I was a little girl, my room was off the kitchen, so I often heard my mom bustling around the kitchen in the early hours before she would wake us up for school. While making the morning coffee and preparing for the day, she often sang her favorite childhood songs.  Her humming and her singing were such a great start to my day.  It was like burrowing under a favorite comforter while knowing some time remained to enjoy its soothing warmth.  It was comforting and cozy.

When it was my turn to roll out of bed, Mom would open the top half of my Dutch door and often begin singing. I can still hear her belting out, “I’m a lonely little petunia in an onion patch…” or “I’ve got spurs that jingle jangle jingle…As I go riding merrily along..”

about 1966 – Annie, my mom, Dotty, David, and Tommy

Mama loved music and dancing.  She would often talk about the music she enjoyed as a child and a teenager. In high school, the boys teased her and called her Pistol Packin Mama because my mom was so slim her hip bones showed!  She would sometimes play her favorite songs, grab one of us kids, and show us how to dance. She loved to jitterbug and share stories about her high school dances.  She laughed and talked about Elvis Presley and how young girls swooned when he would dance and move his hips.  When the networks decided it was too risque to show Elvis from the waist down, mama stated all the girls were heartbroken.

My family enjoyed our early start.  Our mama made our childhood magical.  What I would give to hear her sing, just one more time, don’t go sitting under the apple tree with anyone else but me…

More of Mama’s Favorites

Back in the Saddle Again  by Rider’s in the Sky

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by The Andrew Sisters

Bouquet of Roses by Eddie Arnold

Candy Kisses  by George Morgan

Cold Cold Heart by Hank Williams

Hard Hearted Woman by Elvis Presley

Honky Tonkin by Hank Williams

Hound Dog by Elvis Presley

I’m Walkin the Floor Over You  by Ernest Tubb

I Saw the Light by Hank Williams, Sr.

It Wasn’t God who Made Honky Tonk Angels by Kitty Wells

Lovesick Blues  by Hank Williams

Oklahoma Hills by Jack Guthrie

One Kiss too Many by Eddy Arnold

Release Me by Ray Price

San Antonio Rose by Bob Wills

Slipping Around by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely

Teddy Bear by Elvis Presley

Your Cheatin Heart by Hank Williams

You’ve Got the Money by Lefty Frizzel

Walkin After Midnight by Patsy Cline

Why don’t You Love Me by Hank Williams

Wild Side of Life by Hank Thompson

Dancing The Daily Prompt

11 thoughts on “Singing with Mama

  1. Such sweet memories. My most precious memories with my mom is probably that she provided a routine that made me feel secure, that included a variety of mindfulness practices outdoors in the woods, and the mountains.

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