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


Sally said...

Mmm coffee cake, or carrot cake; well played- what a great way to spend your 60th- doing something for others.

Cathy said...

Carrot cake is a favorite of mine also. And ideal birthday - well your dinner at a nice restaurant with good friends and wine sounds nice also.

Anonymous said...

Yum! Carrot Cake. Home made is the BEST! 8) The more I mature the more the birthdays come and go. I still feel like a teenager!

Started the new job. It is part-time. Just when I was getting back into the Sunday worship "swing". They need me here every Sunday. Some Sunday's
7am to 2:15pm and the others 7am to 10:30pm for a very long day.

I will try to continue to come to Wednesday Bible Study. I will also watch for the ladies group meetings.

I think you are doing a WONDERFUL job at St. Luke's. It's the most I have attended in years!

God's Peace