I’ve got an earworm these days. This is thanks to our receptionist at work who continually has the 60’s station playing on Pandora or Spotify or whatever the hell audio service she uses. I commented to her that I remember my mom singing this song to me when I was growing up.
Now, mind you, my mom cannot carry a tune. In fact, I recall a story she often told about her youth. It goes something like this: when she was in high school, back in the early 50’s, she desperately yearned to be a member of the choir. However, she was self aware enough to know she did not possess the ability to carry a tune. So her mother, one of my two Grandma Pearls (ironically enough), despite the fact that she and Grandpa were by all accounts quite poor, attempted to bribe the choir director with cold hard cash to get mom into the choir.
Unfortunately, for my mom, this plan didn’t work. She was still rejected.
As a kid, I couldn’t care less that mom lacked any singing talent. Her voice singing Que Sera, Sera, among other songs I can still vividly recall, was full of love and tenderness for me. That is all that mattered.
Now, back to the song. The line that especially sticks with me is “Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see, Que Sera, Sera”. Repeating this to myself brings on a sense of calm. It compels me to focus not on the future, which none of us have control of, but on the present. On the now.
And in the now, I will be traveling to Minnesota to spend time with my mom.
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Great post. My mom always said, “this too will pass,” when things were tough. These little mantras, whether from songs or elsewhere, can be so helpful to remember–especially in a mother’s voice!
Thank you for your comments! I always appreciate a good mantra. Words matter.
My mother cannot carry a tune either!! But whenever I hear the Elton John song, “Bennie and the Jets!” I hear her singing it in my head. Perhaps not as poignant or sentimental, but it’s totally my mom. She’s my best friend, and I absolutely adore her. She reminds me to not care so much about what other people think. 🙂
Aww…isn’t it funny how certain songs are connected to certain people in the course of your life? Thanks for your comments!
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That was always a favorite song of mine as a kid. It still makes me sentimental.
Honk when you reach Minnesota, I’ll wave at you!
Thanks for your comment, CJ! I flew there and back so honking wasn’t an option 🙂
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