published Monday, January 21st, 2013

Grand Thoughts: A song between two people creates magic every time

Don't feel sorry for me, but my husband and I don't have a song. I want one.

I think it's important to have a song that's special between you and someone you love.

My late father and I have a song, "When You and I Were Young, Maggie." My mother and I have a song, "Que Sera Sera," and I have special songs with each of my children and grandchildren.

My children's special songs are "You Make Me So Happy" for Kacee; "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" for Karah; "Beautiful Boy" for Kevin and Kit; "Que Sera Sera" for Tilleigh, and "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck" for Evie. "Que Sera Sera" is now a special song for two generations of my family.

No matter where you are, how old you are or what frame of mind you're in at the time, when you hear your song, you will feel good.

My father sang our song to me throughout my life, the last time being several days before he died in 2008. I heard the song recently in the film "Pollyanna" starring Hayley Mills, which I was watching with my granddaughters.

The song takes me back to my childhood to my grandparents' house alongside the Tennessee River in Suck Creek. I can see my father and me sitting in a porch swing that hangs from a huge weeping willow tree overlooking the river. The tree's long, feathery branches seem to dance gracefully to my father's melodic voice as he sings, to me, "When You and I Were Young, Maggie."

Wow. It seems like yesterday.

That's what a special song can do.

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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