When we first moved to America in 2003, my family did not own a VHS or DVD player (back then DVD players were the hot new thing), and we only had the basic few channels you could watch when you broke a sweat twisting the antenna in all directions before finding an awkward position that removed the static. I did not start watching Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel until years later, and as I look back now, this was a true blessing. Instead, I watched the only movies that were offered on the basic channels — the classics. The original Annie left me with such an impression that right afterwards I put on a skit for my parents in which I played Miss Hannigan (I always loved being the villain) and my brother tackled the role of Annie. I felt the same way about Little House on the Prairie, Mary Poppins, and, of course, the Sound of Music.
I hum along tunes from my favorite movies throughout the day, singing “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow!” when I’m having a bad day, and “So long! Farewell! To you, and you, and you!” when I am leaving my shift at work. Diane Sawyer did a 20/20 special with Julie Andrews on the Sound of Music, and I was reminded of another one of my favorite musical hits.
“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things”
Here are a few of MY favorite things (in no particular order).
1. Drinking coffee in the mornings with my mother.
2. Watering flowers on a warm spring day.
3. Sleeping-in on Sundays.
4. Driving with my windows down, belting out One Direction.
5. Long car rides and road-trips with Katie and Brenda.
6. Having black bread with butter and a slice of deli meat along with a hot cup of coffee.
7. Cannolis from Bella Fresco.
8. Landing at the JFK airport in New York and Grozny airport in Russia.
9. Preparing pasta dishes.
10. Hot bread.
11. My niece Aiyana.
12. My few dear, close friends.
13. My family.
15. The beach in July.
16. Laughing until I get tears in my eyes.
17. Reading a paranormal romance novel.
18. Kneading dough.
19. Singing (even though I am really bad).
20. Truly believing that great things are ahead.
“When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad
I wish for you to have many favorite things to remember when you are not feeling so well.
All my love,