The other day, as I was driving around town, I heard an old country song "Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" by Donna Fargo. Immediately, I was transported back to a cold winter morning when I was little. Mom would bundle me up in a blanket and sit me at the kitchen table where she would serve me chocolate Malt o Meal and milk in my favorite white mug with red roosters on it. I have the mug packed away somewhere, and it just dawned on me that maybe the mug is the reason I recently decorated my kitchen in roosters, and I love it.
I would sit at the table early in the morning, and a small white radio would be playing the local AM radio station music. There was nothing spectacular that ever happened that stands out in my memory, but it is that wonderful, drafty old house, and my Mom, and the feeling of love and safety (for lack of a better word) that I remember. Funny how after all the things my parents did - road trips, county fairs, presents at Christmas - it is the smallest, most ordinary things that I treasure about childhood.
And so, this video is dedicated to my parents. They were (as my father would say) "solid as Sears", and they always made sure that I had everything I needed. And they have provided me with a lifetime of good memories that I hold close to my heart and think of often.