Friday Five: My Favorite Things

As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:

In a week of wondering how various things in our family life will unfold, I found myself thinking of the way Maria comforted the Von Trapp children in one of my favorite movies. Frightened by a thunder storm, the children descend upon her, and she sings to them about her favorite things, taking their minds off the storm.

So, let's encourage ourselves. Share with us five of your favorite things. Use words or pictures, whatever expresses it best.

Because really, when DON'T I think of a musical in a moment of trial?

1. Musicals, and the way their themes have influenced our family life–Yesterday Light Princess told me she couldn't stop giggling in Social Studies because the teacher was reading them a conversation between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson that was clearly the basis for some of the lyrics in 1776. Our collective knowledge of musicals binds us together, gives us an emotional patois that reaches into moments of discouragement and anxiety, that takes us out of ourselves and reminds us that many struggles are common, and we are not alone. After The Great Hard Drive Wipe of Ought Nine, I'm rebuilding my iTunes, and it's the musicals that get priority for being reloaded.

2. Writing–Someone asked me recently how I find time to write, and I said, it's not about finding time, it's a necessity. It's like breathing. There's almost nothing I can't write my way through or over or under or around, and I've been doing it since long before I was a preacher or a blogger. In recent years I've become more disciplined about writing, setting some writing as an exercise for myself, but when I'm distressed, writing helps. And writing in and for a community adds a dimension I did not expect when I wrote my first blog post in 2003.

3. Animals–At our house right now there are two dogs and two cats, down from our all-time high of four cats and a puppy when Molly first joined us. During the dark days when my first marriage ended, Nicky and Puss Puss came to live with the children and me, and on the days I did not have the children, their need for care and feeding got me out of bed in the morning. Nicky's purr as he lay on my chest made me feel needed and even the teeniest bit hopeful. I've often thought he came to me just when I needed him most. We still miss him.

4. Cinnamon–I just love it. The smell of cinnamon toast, the ultimate comfort food, has been part of my life since forever. When I close my eyes and think of cinnamon, I remember myself at 316 North Street in Jane Austen's Village, and what home smelled like.

5. My family–There is nothing as sweet as all five of us around the dinner table. I took it for granted for a long time, but because the boys are older, it's now an event when everyone is home, and we make the most of it. Warm and funny, convivial, which must mean "with life."

Bonus: Knitting. Oh, how I love knitting. I love the way a ball of string manipulated with sticks becomes something wearable or decorative. I love the entire process, from choosing yarn and patterns to watching the item grow larger, to seeing it on a person I love.

You don't have to be a RevGal to play. And if you're feeling more like playing your UNfavorite things, try this anyway. I'm feeling a little better.

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25 thoughts on “Friday Five: My Favorite Things

  1. Ruth Hull Chatlien

    Oh, this was great. Musicals are important to us too. At our wedding reception, we had love songs from musicals played all during dinner, and our first dance was to “Make of Our Hearts, One Heart” from West Side Story.
    And you know I love knitting.
    I may play tomorrow, if it’s ok to put it off a day..

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  2. revcrystalk

    a beautiful play–very meaningful and sweet. i know plenty of knitters who feel exactly the same way.
    thanks for a fun and wonderful Friday 5 (i must admit that i played at the shallow end today!)

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  3. RevNan

    1776….a wonderful musical…the lyrics tend to roll through my head during annual meetings! “Sit down John…Will someone open up the window!”

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  4. Julie

    Cinnamon toast is a staple at our home, much like it was in the home of my childhood. I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit…maybe this year!

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  5. Sue

    Yup. I’m with you on the writing part, but I especially identify with having the whole family together. Now that Son #1 lives away, when he’s home it’s such a treat.

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  6. Purple

    Yes, yes, yes to musicals. I remember seeing 1776 on tour. And of course, our four-legged family members are a constant source of favorite things.

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  7. Diane Roth

    Musicals! why didn’t I think of that? they’ve been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I like to write too, but I do find it hard when I have to figure out when to do a friday five after walking the dog, making breakfast, drafting a lenten plan and going to a 2 hour hymn choosing session.

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  8. 1-4 Grace

    Cinnamon! Wow, I love it. I have memories of my grandma making pies and always using the cut-off parts to make little fold over pies with cinnamon, sugar and butter.
    They were delicious!

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  9. RevAnne

    Mmm…great play. I’m cravnig cinnamon toast now!
    And music, how could I have forgotten? My DMin classmates and I sometimes speak to one another in song lyrics, or spontaneously break into song during class…

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  10. SingingOwl

    Ah, I’m a musical lover too. Fiddler on the Roof is our family favorite. I agree with everything on your list except the knitting part, and that is only because I’m so uncoordinated…ha! Thanks for this cheery F.F.

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  11. RevSis

    Songbird, for my 9th birthday (lo, those many years ago!) I remember getting to go to the last of the great drive-in theaters to see The Sound of Music! It is still an all-time favorite of mine…thank you for the trip down memory lane and fun Friday Five. I can’t knit but I loved your play! Cinnamon, yum!

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  12. Scott

    While I don’t get the 1776 thing, it’s a favorite of my in-laws, so I understand how it works.
    I want to write more, but right now it’s taking a back seat to raising the kids. Guess it’s not a priority for me as it is for you – and good for you that you make it a part of your day.
    Great play and great idea – thanks for the inspiration, Songbird!

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  13. Betsy

    I’ve recently come to grips with my lifelong love of musicals, after years of being way too cool.
    Are you on Ravelry? (If I’ve seen you there – if, good Lord, I have friended you and don’t remember, please forgive me. I’m a little simple.)

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  14. Deb

    This was fun. (SIT DOWN JOHN) and I can identify with everything except knitting. Sometimes purrbabies are just the best thing in the world (and far too reliable alarm clocks!
    great FF this week – thanks!
    Deb

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  15. SingingOwl

    Musicals! Oh yes indeed–our family favorite is Fiddler on the Roof. I love all these things, except the knitting. That is only because I am to uncoordinated to get it right! Thank you for this cheerful F.F.

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