Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue

Sometimes my mother played some
favorite tunes on the piano after dinner
all the while singing along to the songs.
My father frequently sang along. These
two lovebirds sang to one another.

   

My Dad frequently touched my Mom’s
shoulders as she played. If any of us
daughters were nearby, we sang along.
With fondness I recall one such song my
Dad started while my mother played chords.

Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue,
but oh what those five foot could do.
Has anybody seen my gal? Turned
up nose, turned down hose. Flapper?
Yes sir, one of those…could she, could she coo…”

We girls gathered that this was a love
song understood by our parents at the time.
Our mother was a strawberry blonde with
blue eyes and, yes, she was five foot two.
At the time I failed to understand the song.

My mother loved to dance in the kitchen
while preparing meals. The radio station
sometimes played her Dixieland Jazz music.
The Charleston and jitterbug were taught us.
She thoroughly enjoyed her music and dance.

My parents lived through the Great
Depression and World War II and had endured
much in their lives; yet, gave us the wonderful gifts
of music, education and most importantly,
gave us the wonderful gift of love.

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30 Responses to Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue

  1. Darlene says:

    How wonderful. My dad would sing to my mother too. I recall Goodnight Irene, even though that was not her name, and You are My Sunshine were two favorites. We would all sing when we went someplace in the vehicle. The gift of love is the best thing a parent can give a child! xo

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    • Darlene, thank you for this wonderful comment. We all sang the same songs you did! Amazing! How small the world is but all the better for music and love. Singing along in the car on long trips was another pastime we share! May you have a great weekend and thank you once again. oxox

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  2. Emily says:

    I love this! The piano memories as a child as well are wonderful for me! Thanks for sharing such a nice memory of grandma and grandpa! Love it❤️

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    • Emily, thanks for your comment! Childhood memories filled with music and love last a lifetime. There are youtube videos with dancing along with the song Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue to give you enhanced atmosphere combining song and dance. Enjoy the weekend and beach day! oxox

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  3. Your childhood home was obviously filled with love and music. Marvelous! You blessed your children with the same mix.

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    • Anne- your comment is spot on. Thank you. Love, music, education and in summer 4H activities in Colorado filled us with loving activities. I think the gift of music is so important to give to children. It lasts a lifetime. Hope things are opening up. We still await decisions on our church so meanwhile, we continue with online worship. enjoy the weekend. oxox

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      • We are having online worship tomorrow, too. Our church has bought the equipment for car church, but they haven’t been able to get everything working yet.

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      • Anne, cool to have car church. I would think like a drive-in outdoor movie theater of old with provisions to follow along on car radios or phones would be fine. I don’t think we will have our congregation back in the next three weeks. Meanwhile online worship for us. I plan to find something for early evening today and skip the Sun. We always attended and sang in the choir on Saturdays. oxox

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      • Our system would use the car radio, I think. Officials were trying to say it is dangerous, but we’d have more separation than shopping in Walmart. Anti-Christian is what we think. oxox

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      • Anne, I agree with you about anti-Christian. Some of these governors, mayors and local officials have to allow people to exercise personal responsibility and stop trying to tell people how to live. oxox

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      • I agree with you.

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      • Anne, we’re on the same page. I wound up finding online worship with a church in Ohio which was lovely. Best to you. oxox

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  4. Wonderful, Mary Ann! ❤ Mom and Dad loved to sing together too… All five children sang right along and still sing some of those songs today! Thanks for a stroll down Memory Lane.. Have a lovely weekend!

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    • Bette, thank you for your lovely comment. So happy to hear that your parents loved to sing together too. Stroll down Memory Lane would be a good book title, wouldn’t it? Enjoy your weekend. As your ME governor opened anything yet? Churches? oxox

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      • Sounds like a great book title! Starting to phase in openings gradually. Dan and I are self-isolating and will venture out on Monday to pick up our second grocery order since early March. Church and library book club meetings on Zoom and feeling blessed that we are able to do that. I’ll be so grateful when this is all over and I can hug and kiss dear ones again. Stay safe and well, dear Mary Ann! ❤ xo

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      • Bette, thank you for this news-filled comment. It seems we are slowly opening here as well. Our church never closed but allowed individual, private prayer daily. It seems churches are trying to figure out a plan for larger groups and that may be in another 2-3 weeks. Library book club meetings sound lovely. We are basically remaining at home except for occasional walks at our local parks. Blessings and hugs today and the week ahead. Soon it will be regular hugs. Be well and safe. (( )) oxox

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your parents! It must have been pure joy to have grown up in such an atmosphere, where music provided the backdrop for the love you experienced, Mary Ann.

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    • Peter – thank you for the marvelous comment. Love of family, church and education along with music provided an inspiring backdrop for growing up. Looking back at those days makes me wonder how I did everything in one day sometimes. Piano practice 5-6 AM followed by playing the organ and singing at church at 6:30 AM. Walk to school (about 1/2 mile in Colorado) then homework. Some days having to leave school to play for a funeral. My days were full of activities. We had loving parents and lots of music with four daughters, two pianos, one violin and many hours of practice. Hope everything is open now in your area and that “normal” life has resumed. Enjoy the weekend. “”__””

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      • Peter Klopp says:

        Our life has been very normal so far. Once a week I drive to a nearby town to do our grocery shopping. We did not have a single case of covid-19 in our remote area. The only worry is about outsiders with the virus, who happen to travel through. Best wishes and an enjoyable weekend, Mary Ann!

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      • Peter, thank you for this comment full of positive news about no virus in your area. Lucky you. We had few cases here as in Upstate NY so most places of business are opening. Not our places of worship yet. Enjoy! “”__””

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  6. Clare Pooley says:

    What beautiful memories, Mary Ann! My mother’s family all sang and played instruments but my father’s family didn’t. When Mum and Dad got married Mum carried on singing for a while but Dad didn’t understand why she did it and often laughed at her. Sadly, she soon gave up singing.

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    • Clare, thank you for your uplifting post. When my mother was in nursing school, she often played the piano and the nurses sang along during their break time. She knew the value of music. Maybe your Mum sang in her head after your father laughed at her. the muscle memory lingers. Hopefully most of your stores and churches are open again. Have a lovely week! ox

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        Thank you, Mary Ann. I am sure Mum sang in her head!
        Some of our shops are opening carefully now but certainly not most of them. That will take a lot longer I am afraid. We are still not able to go to church though our vicar is now allowed into one of our group of churches on his own or with members of his family. He is recording himself taking services and sending us links to it on Youtube. I feel very sorry for the people like my mother who do not have the internet.
        I hope you are having a wonderful week! xoxo

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      • Clare – it is too bad that your mother can’t watch tv online. How about on tv? We have live streaming daily and now that 10 are allowed in church, there will be outdoor services with cars in the parking lot. We will watch at home since we have AC. Who wants to sit in a hot car when the comfort of home has what we want. Services are archived and can be accessed via YouTube or the church website also on FB. One of our retreat centers offers blessings if you drive up in your car. It’s too bad about your mother having lost the comfort of church and people who attend. “”__””

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        Thank you. Mum is able to watch services broadcast on TV and she listens to them on the radio so she hasn’t completely gone without but she does miss going to church. Sadly, not one person from her church, including the vicar has telephoned her since lockdown began at the beginning of March. I am very disappointed in them. I asked her if I should contact them and she said not to. 🙂

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      • Our Pastor or designated persons from the Parish visit people who are not able to go to church. I would whisper in the ear of someone working at the Church which might not be anyone during these difficult times. I am saying prayers for your Mum that she has something from me floating across the pond to her. Difficult and sad times. oxox

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        Thank you so much xxxx

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      • My pleasure. oxox

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  7. -Eugenia says:

    Your mother and my mother were a lot alike. I remember the song “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”, which my mother fit that description. The radio would play all day long and my mother, being from New Orleans, Louisiana, was a fan of dixie-land and blues. She would dance and sing while doing household chores, etc. Those were lovely childhood memories I will always cherish.

    I enjoyed this post and it’s good connecting with you. Thank you for following Eugi’s Causerie.

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    • Eugenia-thank you for reading and commenting. It does sound that our mothers had much in common. Later in life, when my mother was out walking on a local high school track, she had Preservation Hall Jazz music playing. Music is a big part of our lives as well. We gave the gift of music to our children. Music is food for the soul! Enjoy the weekend and cherish the memories! “”__””

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