Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Love and music

The other day Pa, Augie, ViMae, and I were watching some dance numbers from Singin' in the Rain. We let the movie run to the end, so we saw Don (Gene Kelly) dramatically declare his love for Kathy (Debbie Reynolds), and then a final shot of the two gazing at a billboard advertising their first movie as co-stars.

Pa explained that Don and Kathy were in love, which I think the kids knew. But they were happy to hear that the problems keeping Don and Kathy apart were resolved, and now they were going to be together and star in movies together.

Augie seemed to want to join the celebration. He turned to us and announced, "I'm in love with Grandma." A little embarrassed, he came over and buried his head in my shoulder and then cuddled up next to me on the couch. Peter gave me a look that said, "You are the luckiest woman in the world." My look said, "I know."

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Today during quiet time, Augie and I sat together and watched most of the old Disney movie Fantasia. He identified all the orchestral instruments that can be seen during the first piece. During The Nutcracker, he said, "I love this music."

Twice during later pieces, he said, "I've tried to play this music." I asked how, and he showed me some drumming moves, like playing tympani.

We watched all the visuals, commented on the dinosaurs and the fairies and Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice and the "bat monster" on Bald Mountain. But what we were really doing was listening to every note. He gets it. And he's not even four years old.

I got to spend part of my day with someone who is just as transported by music as I am, and who loves to sit with me to hear it. I am the luckiest woman in the world.

16 comments:

Linda Myers said...

Indeed you are lucky. Last week I had the experience, with my non-huggy granddaughter, of sitting with her and, for just a moment, she put her head on my shoulder. It doesn't get any better than this, does it?

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Lucky and blessed. I'm going to get to see my little three and a half year old grandson in two weeks and I can't wait. There are special moments you share with one that age. Thanks for posting. xo Jenny

Jeanie said...

H0w fun for you to have that kindred spirit to share you passion for music with. I would guess he has learned a lot of his love for music from you.

DJan said...

It also makes me wonder how much of it is genetic, since after reading "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks, I am fascinated by music and how it affects different people.

And yes, you are definitely one of the blessed ones. :-)

Kat said...

You sure are!!!

Big Boops said...

Funny story: my daughter (2) was afraid of the rain a few weeks ago and I looked up the Singin' in the Rain number on youtube to show her you can be happy about rain. She watched with wide eyes. She now knows every line. We sing a duet of it almost every night. She is also just nuts for any type of music. And watching her twirl around and dance without any inhibitians just makes me feel so alive. Isn't it great getting to experience this all over again through kids and grandkids???? I LOVE it!

Teresa Evangeline said...

How wonderful. Sharing music is one of the great joys of life. I don't have grandchildren, but my sons both love music and I so like being able to share it with them. How nice that you and Augie get to spend your days together.

Abby said...

I was wondering where he got that phrase. During breakfast, he was in love with Vi. I bet he wasn't embarrassed, though - just lovey and cuddly!

gayle said...

Very lucky indeed!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Oh yes..What great comments..these are times to treasure:)

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

Yes, indeed! What wonderfully memorable times for you and the kids. I think you really gotta get your grandson a drum set ... although then sweet quiet times such as these will be fewer, I'm sure.

hummer said...

Gosh what can I add? Nothing. A post that tugs at your heart. Glad you are getting to experience the moments.

Ms Sparrow said...

Wonderful,insightful observations! I love Singin' in the Rain too. I even had a movie star crush on Donald O'Connor when I was a teenager.

grammy said...

Sounds like a wonderful time together.
How wonderful that he has a love for music already.
I have not seen Singin' in the Rain in a LONG time...I should watch it.

Deb Shucka said...

So lucky. And so is little Augie for sure - lucky and blessed. Love this story.

Jeanie said...

Augie sounds wonderful and I'm so glad you are exposing him to my favorite movie! "Singin' in the Rain" is so timeless and such fun!

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