A Year of Smiles – Day 305


Alright, musical fans of the world, I bet I know what song is going through all of your heads right now. The exact same one that’s going through mine:

“Rain drops on roses
And whiskers on kittens…”¹

Yes, indeed-y. I can’t help but sing that song when I see those two words. And I’ll probably be singing it all day now. Maybe even all week. It could be worse, though…

No. No. Let’s not think of what could be worse! 😉

Rodgers and Hammerstein must have had a blast composing that song! What fun it must have been to imagine all the simple pleasures of life that could make a person forget their troubles, the everyday sights, smells and sounds with the power to chase away the sadness, fear or pain and bring a SMILE to anyone’s face IF one simply remembers them.

Hmmm… Kinda sounds like counting your blessings, doesn’t it?

Well, Rodgers and Hammerstein shouldn’t be able to have all the fun. So, here are a few of my favorite things:

  1. Mary Poppins coffee mug
  2. Relaxing in the evenings, watching TV or enjoying the silence with my hubby
  3. Having conversations with my boys
  4. My tablet which I use to write my blog
  5. Sitting by a fire in my living room
  6. Listening to the crickets sing
  7. Watching lightning bugs
  8. My fuzzy bathrobe
  9. Hearing my husband laugh
  10. Hearing my boys say “I love you”

Wait. Were you expecting a big musical score? 😉

My list may not be worthy of musical theater but each of my favorite things brings me a huge SMILE! Now, it’s your turn to make your own list of SMILES!

¹”My Favorite Things” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II


A Year of Smiles – Day 292

Reason to SMILE #292: MUSICALS


I can hear the doubt filtering through cyber space now. “Really? Musicals?”

Ab. so. lute. ly.

I love a good musical. Musicals draw me in, engage my senses and emotions and create a longing within me to jump up and sing at the top of my lungs. I really should’ve pursued a Broadway career. (Hahaha! I’m laughing at myself right now! 😉 )

My husband and sons don’t share my affection for musicals, however. (Imagine that!) I once took them all to see the movie Frozen. They agreed only because the trailers for the movie showed scenes of a goofy little snowman and a big oaf of a reindeer frolicking in the snow. As soon as the first song began, though, all three of my boys, husband included, turned to me and asked, “Why didn’t you tell me this was a musical?” Well …

Not all musicals are created equal and I’m sure a true aficionado of musicals would have a vastly different definition of a “good” musical than I do. I’m a simple little lady who’s a sucker for happy endings, innocent stories and fantastical whimsy. I’m talking The Sound of Music, GreaseInto the Woods, The Wizard of Oz and Sister Act. Ooooh, or Sister Act 2. Now, that’s a musical that makes me regret my decision to not pursue a career in music. When that kid hits that high note near the end of “Oh Happy Day”, it makes me wanna shout. I could do that! (Hahahaha! I’m laughing at me, again!)

Well, that’s my case for musicals. Though some of you out there agree with the men in my life that musicals rank right up there with having a root canal, I think they’re wonderful. They make me SMILE.

Now, do me a favor. Listen to this:

Oh Happy Day, Sister Act 2

Minute 2:51 – YESSSS!! Ah, c’mon! There’s no way that didn’t make you SMILE!