Yes! It’s a good day to be happy. When my kids were little they did a May Day program with the typically off-key but adorable singing. What made our programs so darned cute were the aloha shirts and dresses they wore and the different styles of hula each class learned and presented. Of course, the ukulele accompaniment made it as perfect as possible.
Not every song was Hawaiian and the one that sticks in my mind was nominated for an Academy Award in 1945 after being used in the film Here Come the Waves. It was written by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
The smiles on those faces had every teacher and parent laughing and clapping and this infectious song has actually gotten me through some dark times in my life. I’ve pulled this precious memory of my two aloha shirt-clad blondies with missing teeth singing and dancing to Accentuate the Positive. Here’s a little bit of the song. Go to Youtube and find a version if you’d like or you can also Google all the lyrics.
You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between
You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene
These are difficult and confusing times so we all need to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. The sun is kind of shining and my daffodils seem to be something the rabbits in my yard don’t like so soon I’ll have happy flowers! Yes, it’s a good day to be happy.
What are some of the things that you are doing to stay happy? Happy mommy and daddy mean happy doggies. Right?