If you have been around me much, you know that I love to joke and tell stories.
Sometimes at myself, sometimes with or to others.
It is who I am.
Not all of who I am, but part of who I am.
I sometimes look inwardly after an encounter like the recent ladies “Joy in the Journey” at church, where I had the microphone and did the introducing, told a few stories and generally directed the day long event.
and I think….
Did I come across as too flamboyant?
Did I talk too much?
Did I wave my hands too much to make a point, to the point of distraction?
I know I laugh too loud and I cry easily.
I can take a line from a movie and insert it into almost any situation.
Jokingly and lovingly of course.
I am passionate about so many things, including the Kansas Jayhawk basketball team, Rock chalk Jayhawk!…fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and sweet little babies.
I am a total romantic.
I love old movies.
I believe in my Knight in Shining Armor and his holding me close in thunderstorms….
….just like John Wayne with Maureen O’Hara in “The Quiet Man” movie.
I also can hear someone say a word or phrase, and I immediately break out into song, using that word or phrase in the lyrics.
I have been told, I have a song for everything.
I tell these same people: I just have a song in my heart. LOL
….which is another song titled “With a Song In My Heart” from the movie of the same name.
(The Jane Froman Story starring Susan Hayward, I love old black and white movies)
I found this cute little phrase and I immediately identified with it.
“Sing Out Louise” !!!!
(Sorry, that line is from the movie “Gypsy Rose Lee” where a bossy stage mother tries to get her shy daughter to sing louder!)
I can’t help it, I love music.
I have mentioned before on this blog that the Captain and I also host a monthly potluck at church for people over 50. (not that I am THAT old) LOL
OK, of course I am.
We also provide a program and again, I have a microphone in my hand, and our sweet friends and guests are at the mercy of their hostess, because they never know what I am going to say or do.
And neither do I.
I have been known to talk first and think later, much to the chagrin of the Captain who can sometimes be on the receiving end of my jokes.
At one of the Valentine’s Over 50 programs, I asked the Captain to sit in a chair in the middle of the room.
I told him I had a surprise for him.
I sang “My Funny Valentine” A cappella to him.
In front of everyone.
Now, I don’t know if you remember the lyrics to this song, but it goes like this:
Sweet, comic valentine…
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable, un-photographable
yet you’re my favorite work of art
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak,
are you smart?
But don’t change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine Stay
Each day is valentine’s day.”
Yep! there were a few “gasps” when I sang about his looks, figure and being smart….but when I was finished,
The Captain jumped up and gave me a hug and a sweet kiss on the cheek….
….and took the microphone away from me. LOL
It was sentimental, not too mushy for a mixed audience, but also made for a good laugh.
But that is me in a nutshell.
God does not make mistakes and He made each of us individually with our own personalities.
Of course we must strive to be kinder and gentler and more tolerant of others’ feelings.
I know you know this, but think about it for a minute:
No two people have the same fingerprint.
Consider all the human population and know that no one has the identical pattern that you or I have.
In Psalm 139, David wrote, “I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well.”
No two of us are alike.
Be Yourself Because You Are Awesome!
And that my friends, as Martha Stewart would say…“Is a good thing”
Have a great and wonderfully Blessed week.
Kari, I love this post! We each have our unique personalities. I love that about people. Your monthly events sound like so much fun, I know you have a blast. While I don’t break out in song, I never hesitate to sing as loudly as I can with music that I love…and I love all kinds of music…from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett to Kid Rock, Billy Joel, Tears for Fears, Culture Club, Maroon 5 to Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard to Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Beethoven. You get the idea….it spans across decades! 🙂 Have a wonderful day! Love and hugs!
I am a big music fan for sure snd I love all those you mentioned also. I sing in the car which brings stares sometimes at my stops at intersections. LOL Blessings dear friend
Everyday Living says
Kari, I love this post and I so relate. Yes, I break out in song constantly whenever a phrase comes up in conversation that reminds me of lyrics. My hubby always teases me about it. I would love to be at one of your monthly events, it sounds perfect!
thanks Pam and I am finding many others who break out into song. The Captain says it is one of the things he fell in love with, which is a good thing or he would have slipped under the fence a long time ago. LOL
Google can be good because sometimes I will sing a lyric and one will say, I have never heard of that song and I ask Alexa or Google for the song to prove I didn’t just make it up.
Years ago a gal came into work and she said: “I bet I have a word you will not have a song for.”
I said “give it to me”
She said “nickel”!
I said “I have two, which one do you want?”
She said “both”
And I sang “Now If I had a nickel, I know what I would do, I’d spend it all for candy and give it all to you.” by Eddie Arnold
And I sang “Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon, all I want is loving you and music music music!” by Teresa Brewer
Of course there are several others.
I wish you and Butch could be at one of our monthly events too Pam. The more the merrier.
Everyday Living says
My hubby and son will say something and they immediately tell me not to break out in song😂😂😂
My kids do that to me, Pam or they roll their eyes. Love it!
However, they are right there with me when we insert lines from movies into appropriate situations.
The other day Twin #1 was talking about his job vocation and inserted: “What’s Your Dream?” and I replied: “This is Hollywood. Everybody comes here. Land of Dreams”. Of course, those are lines from the movie “Pretty Woman”. LOL
You can imagine what it is like at family dinners. We all try to “stump” the others with lines from movies and my oldest grandson can quote every Jeff Foxworthy one liner, “I might be a redneck if” ….
I’m sure you have seen the you tube video that has been going around the last few years of the little boy telling his mother “Listen, Linda Listen”…which was/is great fodder for any one of us trying to make a point. Everyone becomes “Linda” as we tell them to “Listen Linda, listen to me. Linda, honey!”
You’d be surprised to see how many tense situations can be diffused with laughter.
Everyday Living says
I know tons of songs, but very few movie lines…
Rita C. says
Love your post, Kari, and love who you are! I, too, break out in song with conversation that sparks the lyrics, though maybe not quite as well-versed as you are. It takes all kinds of people, and I suspect those in your circle appreciate your extroverted nature I do.
Have a great weekend. I’m still purging and packing…..
So glad I am not the only one who constantly is singing or quoting movies. They say if you laugh a lot, you will live longer…..hmmmmm, and that makes me think of Uncle Albert of Mary Poppins fame and “I love to laugh”!!! LOL