Thursday, August 14, 2008


Today, the girls at work gave Bonnie,our school director and the closest to me in age, and myself a birthday luncheon. She arrived on the planet the 14th and myself on the 18th...several years ago. And because I can't leave well enough alone...I decided that Bonnie and I should provide some entertainment for the young ones. Julie Andrews had revised the song "My Favorite Things" to reflect her advanced years, and I thought it quite clever. However, she is in her 70's now and Bonnie and I are just cruising into our 50' I'm gonna be smack dab in the middle of the 50's if you have to get technical about it. Her words just didn't capture our still young attitudes, so I rewrote it...again, for us. FYI: the above pic is not us...ours is below.

FAVORITE THINGS...revised for the 50-something crowd! Please...sing along...
Maalox and eye drops and clothes that aren't fitting,
Holding the handrails and cushions for sitting,
Sweating profusely that hot flashes bring,
These are a few of our favorite things.

Gravity and cataracts and hearing aids and gasses,
Correctol and Prilosec and bifocal glasses,
Weddings and Grand kids and porches with swings,
These are a few of our favorite things.

When the 'pipes' leak,
When the bones creak,
When my knees go bad,
We simply remember our favorite things,
And then we don't feel so bad.

Toast and hot coffee and soft shoes for bunions,
No spicy dishes or food cooked with onions,
Elastic waist pants and the old songs we sing,
These are a few of our favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains, and no time for sinnin',
Old friends and new friends and lines made from grinnin',
Being so careful while spreading our wings,
These are just some of our favorite things.

When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
When the eyes go dim,
We try to remember the great fun we've had,
So that we don't feel so bad.
"...and then we don't feel so bad..."
Look at all this wonderful food they prepared for us! It was delicious!
Yummy, yummy strawberry birthday cake.
These are the delightful ladies I work with.

How blessed I have been for the past 20 years to work in this place. It is a joy to daily work with godly Christian women. Women who love the Lord...who love children...and who believe that it is as important to teach love and respect for each other as it is to teach green from blue. These ladies lavish care and concern on the little ones in their care every day. And the children see the love of God reflected in their faces. Our director, Bonnie, sets the tone for the school with her calm and quiet persona. She is indeed a perfect fit for this position. She leads us as the perfect example. I thank God for the opportunity to work with these ladies, and learn from them, and be uplifted by them.


Musicaljean said...

Those lyrics are hilarious!! May I please use them? I'll be sure to give you the credit.

The tribute to your coworkers sounds like it was written about my coworkers. May I borrow the tribute too?? Just kidding!!

Anonymous said...

Spreading false rumours, sister! Today's the 14th and so's my birthday. :-) My favorite gift of the day (aside from the wonderful food, friends, and fun!). . . the tour . . . how awesome and what fun! Like being right slap in the middle of an HGTV show. Loved it! Thanks a bunch!

LivingTheLife said...

That song is smack dab on the mark and perfect for all of us who are entering OR are in the midst of our 1/2 century decade! I loved it...and I'm with Jean on permission to borrow that funny diddy! Watch out Julie Andrews, there's a new "Maria" in town!! You!! lovely lady are just too darn clever...I know your school family had to love every minute of your performance!

What a lovely tribute to your co-workers...they do sound like an awesome group of gals...and to throw a birthday bash in the midst of back to school planning...well, that makes going back all the more special!


Deedra said...

I love the song! What a great idea!

I hope you have a very happy birthday!

nancygrayce said...

What great lyrics! It looks like you work with a happy bunch. Which makes work good! I hope you have the happiest of birthdays and the middle of the 50's is not so bad!

melissa said...

Too cute! Love the new version :)
Wishing you a very happy birthday, Tonja!


Robin said...

Oh, That is so precious..You are amking me laugh and it is not even 6-30 ! Hope I don't wet my pants this early !!!!Happy Birthday..Bloggie Friend...

Lynne said...

What terrific (and true) lyrics! Your co-workers are great. Hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Earthmommy said...

Thank you for the much needed all out belly laugh today!

Ang baylis said...

I'm SO happy for you to have such an amazing group of women to work with! They seem like family! The song was hilarious! Happy Birthday to you... pretty soon! I bet you are ball to work with! Thanks for sharing the pictures, too!
Angie xoxo

Jillian, Inc. said...

Love the new lyrics! hee-hee. Looks like you had a wonderful, fun, and blessed celebration.

justabeachkat said...

Wow! Wish I could have been there to kick up my heels with you. What fun! Loved the oh so true lyrics to the song. Great job. Cute photos too.


Pam said...

I don't know if you'll receive notice of this comment since it's about an older post, but what a pleasure this blog has been to me today! You are one creative blogger and I'm so glad I popped in!