What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

They Done Her In


my fair lady

©Warner Bros.

I’ve been thinking about my mother a lot this week. Between her birthday and mine, I keep remembering things the two of us used to do together and missing her extra.

My mother taught me everything I know about old movies. She and Nana and I would stay up until all hours if something we loved was going to be on. We woke up the whole house cackling at the comedies and crying at the dramas, but singing along with the musicals was our loudest and best activity together. We’d comb the TV Guide (remember those?) for our favorites; Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Gigi, and a host of others. I don’t think we ever missed one.

We loved quoting My Fair Lady to each other most of all. Whenever Mom was annoyed with me or in a bad mood, I’d do this scene as a monologue, and she’d crack up every time. So happy birthday to us, Mom!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

3 thoughts on “They Done Her In

  1. I introduced my daughter to My Fair Lady when she was 3 years old. I wasn’t sure how she’d take it and since we were home, I thought if she got fidgety we’d just turn off the VCR (remember those?) and watch something else. To my surprise, after initial kvetching (she IS a New Yorker!), she settled in and became absorbed in the movie. At the end, she turned to me and said: “If I loved him, I’d come back, too, Mom.” She continues to be wise! xoxoM


  2. Love this post – my mom had several records from the musicals, and I would play them while I did the dishes, singing flat at full volume. 🙂 She said as long as i did the dishes, she didn’t care. I think i can still do the whole intro and the piano lesson dialogue from the Music Man.

    And of course, we loved My Fair Lady. Just you wait. ‘enry ‘iggins!


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