This is me at 4 in Pittsburgh with a Playdate - notice how serious it was; I was wearing Matching Socks!
Little did I know I would be driven to New York City for my Singing Debut that evening.
My Grandparents from Ozone Park, New York had a whopping 10 children!
On their 50th Golden Anniversary, their 1st child Minnie; gave a sumptuous Anniversary Party for them & a Wedding Celebration for the 10th child, Lilly in one big combo-shindig in a posh hotel in New York City.
My grandparents were humble poor folks; but their 1st child made a mark in the Printing Business & made a generous gesture that brought all 10 children & their families together & a bonding boost long remembered.
Having saved the lavish Gilt Invitations/Menu all these years - growing up, I was somewhat confused at the wealth it presented; yet we & our grandparents lived simply. With that said...
This is where my Sister & I would sing the song, "Greetings To Grandma & Dear Old Grandpa", written by my father to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine". From a person who knew my father well, I can safely say; this was the 1st & last time he did any musical scoring.
I wore a Red Velvet Dress & my sister was in Green Velvet; matching her eyes. And, yes - Bows in our hair; Mom was a stickler for that.
From what I heard; we practiced this song ad finitum or ad nauseum; depending on who's listening. I was 4 & my sister 8 1/2; old enough to be royally pissed!
You see; this Duet was a Solo! Acapella & scared; little Marilyn shut down.
Oh, I sang the first note & then; just looked around the room & all those eyes.
I can still feel the poke in the ribs when I sneeze. And of course, all the years of stink-eye & retribution from my sister; that have become my fate.
Just to make the world a happier place; (for me, at least) on my Mother's 100th Birthday Party, 4 years ago in Maryland; I flew in from California with "Hat in hand" & new lyrics to a song to sing with my sister to the tune of one of my Mom's favorites from "her day" called - "Always".
I stood on stage with my sister at "Assisted Living" & handed her for the 1st time, words I wrote for us to sing together; but this time I sang loud & clear. But because of my Mother's fragile health & this grand occasion - choked up a bit & held back a tear - but held my own!