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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Heck of a way to start the day

Last night before going to sleep (still on the couch due to coughing) I was watching Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. One of the great classics. And there is one song in that movie that always brings a smile to my face because it reminds me of my kids during their teen years.

Neither of my kids were exactly morning people. On weekends Jenni would grumble out of bed around 9:30 or 10:00 am. Joe, on the other hand, was always up late and would stay in bed most of the day if he had a chance. But with us around, he didn't.

We usually let him sleep until 11:00 or noon, but that was it. Then we wanted him to be up with us. So Jenni and I would go into his room (which, if you've ever had teen age sons, you know doesn't smell so good), climb on his bed, and start singing, "Good mornin', good mornin' - we've talked the whole night through. Good mornin', good mornin' to you!" His usual response would be, "C'mon guys, go away." Which would cause us to sing again a bit louder. Jenni would sometimes start poking his face, I would tickle him. He'd grumble, put the pillow over his face. But eventually he'd give in and get up. Just to shut us up if nothing else.

This is a picture of us around that time frame. Note Joe's lovely hair. Boy, were we glad when that phase was gone!

So that movie and that song always make me smile. Jenni too. Joe, probably not so much.


catheroo said...

Joe is certainly rocking that mullet!

How is it that you look JUST LIKE THAT still?

And I love "Singin' in the Rain" and "Good Mornin'" mostly because of my happy memories at AMT, dressing with Jenni. Those were the days!

ba and the boys said...

love the movie! aaahhh...a gene kelly moment.
you should call joe early one morning and sing 'good morning' to him. i bet he'd love it!

namaste said...

that's such a cute story!

my youngest was never a morning person either.

oh that hair on joe...lol!

great picture along with a great memory.


judypatooote said...

LOL....he could have donated all that hair to locks of love if it were now....LOL...why is it I have better memories of when I was a child, then when my kids were growing up....my kids have great memories, and when they write about them, I think, oh yeah!...life was good, but I think I was just so busy as a young mom that it takes my kids, to wake my memory...

Fleur de Lisa said...

I hope you're feeling better now, Sandi. I sleep so badly when I'm coughing that it's like not sleeping at all.

I love this story! I used to sing "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" to my son to get him up. Maybe I should try that again?

It's Me said...

LOL...lovely hair-do's!! How ya feeling these days, Sandi???