Friday, January 11, 2008
Friday Five: Las Mañanitas
Éstas son las mañanitas These are the morning verses
Que cantaba el Rey David, That King David used to sing,
A las muchachas bonitas To the beautiful young ladies,
Se las cantaba así. He would sing them like this.
Mother Laura is dealing with a whole load of birthdays in her family so she has posed birthday questions for the Revgalblogpals. I had forgotten the song Las Mananitas. It is the custom throughout Latin America to have a group of young men serenade young women under their bedroom windows on the morning of their birthday. And it would be quite early in the morning. When I lived in Mexico, it would happen on a quiet little dusty street with young girls hanging out their windows to catch a glimpse of a possible boy friend on the street below. How romantic! We here in the States don’t have anything like it.
The birthday questions :
1. When is your birthday? Does anyone else (famous and/or in your own life) share it?
I am a thorough-going Scorpio—October 26th. I don’t know of others who have the same birthday as mine except a former parishioner who is now with God. I am 63 and fast coming up to retirement, but don't want to retire. I just foudn out that Hilary Rodham Clinton and I share a birthday! Another reason to vote for her!
2. Do you prefer a big party or an intimate celebration for the chosen few?
It depends. Most of the time, I forget my birthday these days. I am at the stage where I don’t really want to remember I am stacking up years. However in about 10 more years I am going to be proud of those years. Who knows?
3. Describe your most memorable birthday(s)--good, bad, or both.
I am trying to remember. I know that the choir at the parish I was serving threw me a surprise party on my 50th and proceeded to sing me songs about growing old! I spent my 60th working at a Hurricane Relief camp in Mississippi following Katrina and that was fun.
4. What is your favorite cake and ice cream?
I love carrot cake or cake with nuts. I love “Nuts over carmel” from Friendly’s or coffee from Stone Cold Creamery. Now I am hungry…..
5. Surprise parties: Eh!
Bonus: Ideal birthday ---dinner at a nice restaurant with good friends and a good bottle of wine