OF CONTENTS FOR SINGALONG
HELLO! MY BABY
AFTER YOU'VE GONE
BILL BAILEY, WON'T YOU PLEASE COME HOME?
YOU'RE A GRAND OLD FLAG
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
HOME ON THE RANGE
FOLKS AT HOME
DRINK TO ME ONLY WITH THINE EYES
COME, JOSEPHINE IN MY FLYING MACHINE
FOR ME AND MY GAL
CAROLINA IN THE MORNING
GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY
from the Book
and me, we do everything together!" Grammie Midge's
youngest grandson James always said. And it was true!
They did do all sorts of things together.
Grammie lived in a little house on Fifth Street, in
the same little town in which she herself had grown
up. This little house was just down the street from
the house where she had been raised as a little girl.
little house on Fifth Street was where she raised six
children. And now, this was where all her children and
grandchildren came to visit her. And so, this little
house was where her youngest grandson, James, came to
visit her. Whenever James visited, Grammie and he did
many wonderful things together.
James' grammie was a grammie, she was a very hard working
mother, and was employed at a factory. After her husband
died at quite a young age, she went to work at the factory
to support her family. She worked very diligently at
the factory, and she was a very busy mother as well.
getting up very early each weekday morning to go to
work at the factory, she came home, cooked meals, washed
and ironed clothes, and did many other things too. She
never complained. It never ceased to amaze her children
how she had done all this, and they were all very grateful.
children loved her very much. They came to visit her
often in the house in which they all had grown up, and
brought with them their own children to see her. When
they visited, they often presented her with little gifts
and tokens of their love, which she appreciated. But
most of all, she appreciated the gift of being able
to see her children and grandchildren.
liked to see that they were happy and well, and was
pleased that they desired to come look in on her in
her little house.
Midge and her youngest grandson James seemed to have
a very special relationship. James seemed to have a
special connection with his Grammie. He truly loved
to come and visit. He would beg his mother and father
to take him to see his Grammie. He liked to go to visit
her more than any place he could think of. And James'
parents often took him to see his grandmother.
James came to his Grammie's, he and his grandmother
would make cookies together (and more importantly, eat
the cookies together!)
would eat the cookies with wonderful milk, which James
only got to drink at his Grammie's house. This was not
the thin, watery skim milk which James' health-conscious
family drank, but delicious, thick, very cold whole
milk tasted much more like the milk Grammie remembered
drinking when she would visit her aunts and uncles who
lived out in the country when she was a little girl.
was sort of out of fashion to drink this kind of milk
nowadays. Some said it wasn't even healthy (too much
fat!). But Grammie felt it was the best sort of milk
to go with the cookies she and James would make and
eat- and James agreed!
James and his Grammie would play games together. Checkers
or Tic-Tac-Toe, it didn't matter what sort of game they
played, they just had a great time playing together!
didn't really matter who won either. It just mattered
that they spent this time together. James thought it
was neat that his Grammie, whom his parents said was
eighty years old, still liked to play games.
day, when James asked to go see his Grammie, his mother
told him, "James, we have something to tell you.
Your Grammy is making a move."
2003 Michael D. Purvis.