There was a memorial in Kenwood for my mom yesterday at my brother Michael's house. My dad drove me up from the Bay Area. Other family members in attendance were Michael's wife Janelle, Michael's son Joshua, with his wife Joanne and their son Calvin, my sister Karla and her family, husband Tino, Tino's dad and Karla's son Eli. Karla brought the members of a choir she conducts and several people who have helped take care of mom and others over the past few years were there as well. Thanks to everyone who attended and to those who couldn't be there in person but were there in spirit.
Karla handed out folders of keepsakes mom had collected over the years to give to her kids and grandkids. Among the souvenirs in mine was this photo from 1948, seven years before I was born, when my mom worked as a model. Back then, a family newspaper didn't give a second thought about publishing the name and address of a model in the newspaper, and while she looks all grown up, she was sixteen at the time.
It was a different world.
Mom liked it when I sang old fashioned songs, so since this picture comes from seven years before I was born, let me choose a song from seven years before my mom was born. The Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein tune Who? is from the musical Sunny, which was a big hit back in 1925. I searched around on The YouTubes, but I didn't like the versions available, so I'll just publish the lyrics. If you know the song, feel free to sing along.
Who... stole my heart away?
Who... makes me dream all day?
Dreams I know can never come true.
Seems as though I'll ever be blue.
Who... means my happiness?
Who... would I answer yes
To?... Well, you ought to know who.
No one but you.