I came across this video today. It shows a baby elephant by a pool in a zoo in South Korea getting a drink with its mom. The baby elephant falls in. You can just tangibly feel the anxiety of all the adult elephants (note the one in the background inside the enclosure pacing). The mom and a nearby Aunt work together to rescue the baby. Elephants take care of their own. I love that.
This post is in response to the WordPress daily one-word prompt: Blossom
The first thing that came to mind when seeing the one-word prompt today was my senior year in high school. During my high school years, I was in the marching band and an award-winning one at that. We won the Tennessee State Marching Band Championship every single year I was in the band. Fun days.
I was a majorette during marching season (played the trumpet during concert season) and loved every bit of twirling that baton. I have happy, happy memories of those days in the band. It was in this band that I learned all about hard work, discipline, dedication, persistence, determination, working towards goals, showmanship, defeat, good sportsmanship, etc.
Majorettes were phased out of the band after I graduated. I hated to see that happen. You don’t see majorettes anymore and when you do it’s mostly in college bands. I was in the band when drum majors were called signal majors.
The band played Orange Blossom Special during the show my senior year. While the band stood still and played Orange Blossom Special, the majorettes twirled to this unbelievably fast and difficult song. I remember we had a really hard time coming up with a routine to twirl to this song. But we had been to majorette camp that summer and learned some fun and sorta silly dance-type routines. Little did we know we would ever use them but we adapted the routines to this fast version of Orange Blossom Special and it worked! It was corny but it fit and the crowd loved it. It turned out that the baton twirling instructor who had taught the routine at camp had been one of the majorette judges at a contest we went to that year and she recognized the routine and commented on the judges tape that she both recognized and loved what we had done with it.
I actually found a tape on YouTube of our performance at The Contest of Champions that year where we won the state championship. Excuse the poor audio and grainy appearance… keep in mind this is from the 70s. I was disappointed that the camera didn’t show the majorette routine and panned away to the band and the flag girls square dancing instead of showing our awesome routine that left us all huffing and puffing, but still, you gotta love the band playing this awesome rendition of Orange Blossom Special. Orange Blossom special is at time marker 4:15- 5:20 so skip the tape ahead if you wish.
My husband and I went grocery shopping together today. It was a lovely warm day. We had just come out of the store and were making our way with our shopping cart across the parking lot to our vehicle when we heard someone holler, “HEY RICKY.” A man with silvery gray hair was walking towards us. He approached my husband with his hand out and shook hubby’s hand. My husband greeted him back and they exchanged the usual How are yous.
Our oldest son was due home in a few hours. He was coming home for a weekend Father’s Day visit . He loves Root Beer so we always get him a 6 pack of A&W Root Beer in the brown bottles when he’s home. My husband had the 6 pack hanging on the side of the cart. The man who had just greeted my husband looked down and said, “Oh, did you buy me some beer?” Hubby laughed and said, “Root Beer.” The silver-haired man, said, “Well, good to see you,” waved, nodded at me, and walked on his way towards the store.
We got to our car and started loading groceries into the trunk. I asked hubby who the man was. He looked at me with a very puzzled look on his face and said, “I don’t have a clue, I was hoping you could tell me!” I laughed and told him I didn’t have a clue either. All the way home, he kept saying, “I don’t have any idea who that person was.” He said he was too embarrassed to ask the man, “Um, who are you?” I told him it had to be someone from his early days as he called him “Ricky” and my husband hasn’t gone by Ricky since high school. He goes by Rick now. Hubby thinks it was someone from elementary school.
We laughed the whole way home. I said, “I guess we really are getting old.”
Good ole southern comfort food and definitely one of my husband’s favorites!
Saucy Ham and Potato Bake
2 tablespoons chopped onion (I use a little more than this)
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt (I use less than this)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Dash of pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/2 lb. ham cut into 1/8-inch slices
6 cups cooked potato slices
Saute onion in margarine. Blend in flour and seasonings. Gradually add milk; cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese; stir until melted. Toss potatoes and ham in cheese sauce. Pour into 2-quart casserole. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 6 servings.
There’s just something about watching sleeping cats that warms my heart.
LOVE these precious little guys.