My maternal grandmother had two favorite songs. One was "A Boy's Best Friend", which her youngest son used to sing to her. The other was "The Ballad of Grace Darling". My mother taught me the song and had me sing it to her mother. Several years later, on what turned out to be my mother's last visit to Sri Lanka, one of her cousins gave my mother this songbook that she (my mother's cousin) had, to be given to me:
|Words to the Song
|The Rest of the Song
My grandmother died when I was 15. I have no idea why this was one of her favorite songs. But I remember her every time I sing this song.
Today, I went to the office. During my afternoon break, I went to the nearby CVS pharmacy to buy some cans of cashews. They had them on sale - buy one get one free. I bought two 8-oz. cans of roasted cashew halves and pieces for $6.79. It was cheaper than the $7.99/lb. I pay for the raw cashews at the grocery store. I kept one can at the office to snack on and brought the other can home.
The eye doctor's office had called and left a message, yesterday, reminding me that it was time to make an appointment for my annual eye exam. So, I called them, today, and made the appointment for September. Then, I texted my cousin N to ask if she could go with me to the appointment as my eyes will be dilated and I won't be able to drive right away, afterwards. She texted back to say she could. She has been such a blessing to me.
After I came home, I put away the load of laundry I did yesterday and watered the front garden. Then, I played the piano and sang a bit, including the above song. Later, I video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Memories of my grandmother
- Cousin is able to go with me to my upcoming medical appointment
- The songs we've sung and the memories they bring
- Water for the garden
- Video chatting with my daughter
How was your day? Have you heard of the song "Grace Darling", before? Are there certain songs that you associate with a certain member of your family? What was your grandmother's favorite song? Do you know?