“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 she was making the morning coffee and preparing for the day, she would often sing 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 she would 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..”
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 and grab one of us kids and show us how to dance. She loved to jitterbug, and she would share stories about her high school dances. She would laugh and talk about Elvis Presley and how the young girls would all swoon 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