04 December 2012

Christmas Carol Conundrum

We've had this conversation a few times since Thanksgiving...

right after "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music begins to play.

"Mom?"
"Um hmmm?"
"Why is this song a Christmas song?"
Long pause

"You know? I don't really know."

So here's my Niger version...
Feel free to hum or sing along.


Rain on a tin roof and candlelight dinners,
Hedgehogs with babies and swimming beginners ~
Kittens that bat at long hair and earrings….
These are a few of my favorite things!



Dark, swirling dust storms with eight twirling children,
Nights at the sand dunes so beautifully barren ~
Tea with a dear friend, nights filled with dancing …
These are a few of my favorite things!




Lost in those blue eyes or hand held in darkness,
Night feeling pretty and wearing a new dress ~
Cold coke (and caffeine) that he’s sure to bring…
These are a few of my favorite things!


When a child’s ill, when the air’s still, when I’m feeling sad…
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.



Blowing out candles when lights become brighter,
Cool morning cuddles, ice cold cup of water ~
Homemade marshmallows o’er campfire roasting…
These are a few of my favorite things!


When a child’s ill, when the air’s still, when I’m feeling sad…
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.



Tiny red fire finch, cool breeze through the kitchen,
Try to speak Zarma which prompts my friend to grin ~
Times under thatch roof spent teaching reading…
These are a few of my favorite things!



Teen conversations, long emails and skype calls,
Sweet toddler antics and Sunday night football ~
Radio programs, kids spreading their wings…
These are a few of my favorite things!


When a child’s ill, when the air’s still, when I’m feeling sad…
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.



Why do you think this song is played so frequently during this holiday time from Thanksgiving to New Year's?

6 comments:

  1. This brought tears to my eyes.....so much to be thankful for and they are all gifts!!! Blessings to your precious family and all you touch in Niger and beyond...

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    1. :-)

      same to you - can't believe your time here is winding down so quickly!

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    1. thanks, Jill. sometimes a lighthearted post is just what is needed.

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  3. thanks for sharing..

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    1. we always enjoy letting others get glimpses of our life here! thanks for commenting.

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