Shiny, Happy People

January 22, 2010

I’m so glad that lovely Linda from You’ve Got Your Hands Full has tagged me with the Shiny, Happy People meme. It’s partly that Linda is one of the funniest people I know, able to toss off (OMG, she’s going to love that) effortless lines that have me crying with laughter, and partly that I think we could all really do with some cheering up at the moment. 

The meme was clever Rosie Scribble’s original idea, as her atonement for making us all weep with her favourite song. The idea is to pick an image and a song that make you happy.

I admit that, though it’s lovely to participate, I have struggled with this one. It’s very hard to pick one of anything, as I found when wrestling with Tara’s meme not long ago. And also, unfortunately, I have a tendency towards the lachrymose, the pretentious even. You’ll see what I mean when I tell you that  my first thought was Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a truly beautiful piece of music, which I used to play to Child One when she was just a bump. But could I really expect anyone else to smile at it? You really had to be there – and to love Bach.

So my final song choice is radically different, but equally beloved. It is Child One’s favourite tune, from when she was about 18 months old. She adored this song. She went wild every time it came on the radio and would leap about and twirl round and round to it until she fell over, bless her, while her doting parents looked on and laughed themselves silly. I don’t think they had invented ChildLine then. We were fairly sure she couldn’t understand the swear words, anyway.  Happy times! Here it is:

I love the lyrics to the song. They suit both my daughters, and they suit me too. We are gentle souls, but we don’t much like being pushed around.

With the image, I’m going to cheat a bit, and show you something that’s bound to make  you cry – BUT make you happy at the same time, I hope. Those who know and love me will have seen it before. I watch it a lot. I know that’s probably sad. But I love what it says about, well, love, and how it transcends time and all possible barriers. It makes me feel that there is hope for us all, and I really want to feel that now. Child One found me watching it in the kitchen the other day, tears streaming down my face, and said, ‘why are you watching that again, Mummy?’ But then she, too, stayed watching to the end, and when we exchanged a glance we both knew why. Tissues at the ready, now!

I’m sorry, but I want to tag everyone who reads this – unless they’ve already done it. So that’s that – you’re it!



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  • Liz January 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Oh no that really did make me cry, from the minute the lion started running towards them. Too sad.

    But… Chumbawumba? Really?

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Hi, Liz, yes, we are Chumbawumba girls here, definitely ….I do love Christian the lion, I don’t find it sad myself, just so emotional that you can’t help crying, but in a cathartic way I hope!

  • English Mum January 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I’m with Liz! Can I just say that i HATE that bloody song?! But I love, love, love that lion you-tube video and you made me cry!!!

    You’ve cheered me up, so thanks xx

  • Dulwich Divorcee January 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    How can you hate that song? I am mystified …well, perhaps not but I do love it anyway. Amazing how cheering a good cry can be, I would never have believed it a few years ago. I hope you were wearing waterproof mascara xx

  • Chic Mama January 23, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Good song choice….and yes I’ve seen the video before but it has the same effect every time. Gulp! X

  • Heather January 23, 2010 at 1:52 am

    damn you woman, sitting here weeping like a baby but grinning like a fool!

  • mummylimited January 23, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Oh Lordy, it’s only 9:20 in the morning and I’m weeping already. I love that clip and even though I’ve seen in before it gets me every time. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Vegemitevix January 23, 2010 at 3:26 am

    What can I say except my fingers are wet with tears as I tap the keyboard. Nothing like a soppy animal story to cheer you up!

  • Rosie Scribble January 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks so much for taking part. I love that song too. Today the lyrics are particularly apt.xx

  • Michelle January 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Ok, I am sat here snivelling, that is so beautiful and now I will share it with loads of people too. Thanks a lot Mich x

  • Nicola January 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Oh my goodness what an opportune post. The song is one of my favourites. Not only is it pretty darn appropriate for what I am going through right now, but it also reminds me of my barmy sister and the fact that we used to dance like a right couple of loons every time we heard it. It is impossible not to be happy and silly when I hear this song, so thank you.

    As for the other video, I have just lost touch with a friend. I have no idea why she won’t answer my calls, texts or emails (because she thinks I’m a weirdo stalker maybe?) and it was kinda nice to have this video prompt a little cry about it.

  • Linda January 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Who you calling a tosser? 🙂
    Well I had never actually watched that video before but have now SEVERAL times, I love it!! and Melly got everyone watching it at the sleepover she went to last night. Bless her she cried her head off, me and Emmy didn’t – hearts of stone! xx