Meridian Star


August 7, 2008

Turn around … and she’s gone

Do you remember the popular song of the 1960’s, Turn Around? It was recorded by several artists of the day including Perry Como, The Brothers Four, and Harry Belafonte. I admit that when hearing it, or thinking of it, that I’m a little sad, and my eyes become blurry with an unexpected tear. Just call me nostalgic – I’ve been called worst.

This week that song has filtered over and over through my mind and my heart. I’m always a little sad as summer draws to an end. The excitement of early May when graduation ceremonies abound, and summer vacations are around the corner, have passed by August, and our thoughts are consumed by a new school year, and the general humdrums of the dog days of summer – Oh, my …

So, here we are on August 8, and I’m a little down in the mouth – but not for long, I’m sure – well, I’m pretty sure. As my sweet granny said, “There are always more taters to fry.” But today, my potato bin seems empty. Wait a minute; there are plenty of fries in the freezer. Yes, I’ll be just fine.

I suppose I was caught a little unawares when recently my ten-year-old granddaughter walked into my house sporting a new hairdo. Now, Pe Paw didn’t even notice, but I sure did. I mean she looks 15 - rather than 10. Isn’t 10 still supposed to be when the children are little and sweet? Oh, she’s sweet and small – in a 15ish looking way. That’s the part that bothers me. She’s growing up too fast.

And so the song floated through my mind one more time.

“Turn Around”

Co written by: Harry Belafonta, Melvina Reynolds, and Rosemary Clooney

Where are you going

My little one, little one

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