Monday, March 25, 2013

"It Might As Well Be Spring"

I often hope that I am not alone in having my personality traits greatly influenced by ritualistic viewing of the Golden Age of Motion Pictures. I speak of the two-hour matinee absorbed through every molecule of my being while perched on the furthermost corner of our living room sofa closest to our fireplace mantle that held our tiny Black and White.

With after-school parents away providing for the "roof over our heads", a brother once noticed and immediately forgotten, a house blissfully silent but for melodic tones of dialogue, I was left to catalog the person I wanted to become. (Holly's wonderful shaker patterns found here!)

I wanted to become Jeanne Crain. I wanted to be plucky like her Ernestine in "Cheaper By the Dozen", and in love with William Holden just as her Margie would be, and most of all I wanted to be beautifully melancholy as her Margy in "State Fair", hopeful that spring would bring with it True Love.

Musical scores known by heart, I would dance my way around our furniture as graceful as any movie actress only to quickly reclaim my place when Jeanne Crain would speak her next line. I didn't want to miss a moment that I hadn't noticed before.

The thought never occurred to me that Jeanne Crain might be anything other than the characters she portrayed in my favorite films or that I would be setting myself apart from my peers by taking on her demeanor. I just knew that I wanted to be wholesome and kind and someone who was plucky enough to end up with the handsome leading man.

And I am happy to say, I am all of these things; and I did end up with someone who was looking for just those qualities.

 Thank you, Jeanne Crain!

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ImagiMeri said...

Yes, yes you are and I'm most blessed that I call you friend, too.

Love ya'

chris mckinley said...

I love the classic movies too!! So much fun to watch!! I'm sure your true love considers himself quite lucky too!!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I used to love to watch those classic movies, too, Elizabeth. Only I wanted to be like Shirley Jones in Oklahoma and Carousel. : )

Sally Annie Magundy said...

I grew up watching reruns of old Jeanne Crain movies on TV with my mom. I love her. My favorites are "Apartment for Peggy", "Margie", "Leave Her To Heaven" and "Cheaper By The Dozen".

Thanks for the sweet memories today, Elizabeth.

Tammy's in Love said...

Oh E, we are kindred spirits, I LOVE movies, we don't have real conversations in our house, we just quote movie lines that are fitting! I have a data base of over 500 movies to choose from : Romantic Comedy, Classic, Drama, Animated...You can find three of my favorite William Holden during your recovery: Dear Ruth, Dear Wife and Dear Brat. WWII era and lots of fun!

Scrap for Joy said...

I loved all the old classics with dancing....anything with Fred Astaire or Danny Kaye. It was easy to imagine myself tapping along with my favorites. You new little characters are cute!

Kim Covell-Campbell said...

I adore old movies! Jeanne Crain is a favorite. Cary Grant. Barbara Stanwyck. *sigh*

"The Egg & I " is one of my favorites.

Hoping all the rumors I read about a State Fair swap are true!!!

vintage grey said...

So fun, and I love all the classics, too! William Holden is a favorite! xo Heather

VintageBettys said...

I loved watching those old classical movies. I also loved watching Fred Astaire,Bing Crosby, and Danny Kaye. :)
How are you doing girl?


GardenofDaisies said...

Isn't it interesting where we find our role models? I always wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. :-)

vivian said...

I wanted to be gidget!! all that fun on the beach in her cute little bathing suits.. so lively and full of life! have I ever told you that I adore you? Yes, im sure I have.
Love ya E!!
you always make me smile!

hope griffin said...

I always loved the Dagwood films, the Andy Hardy series and the Thin Man movies. I hope you have a great day!

Patti M said...

wholesome and kind...that you are sweet lady...that you are...& it's reflected in all your amazing creations & your lovely words...& we are all blessed to know you...hugs Patti M :)

craftyles said...

I am just now discovering some of those movies on TTC. I just love watching the old black and white movies-the design, the clothes, the hairstyles. I also loved Ernestine!!

Cindy said...

Cheaper by the Dozen is one of my all time favorites! You have done well to emulate Ernestine. (I wanted to grow up to be like that mom, calm and serene with so many kids.)

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Yes you are, wholesome and kind. (And I can see Viv as Gidget, too! :-)) I wanted to be Natalie Wood, she was so beautiful.
Oh, and that Jimmie Stewart was so handsome in those old black and white movies!

Denise said...

Oh Thank you so much Dear sweet Elizabeth for your Easter wishes.I do wish you and your family a wonderfully blessed day.I once again enjoyed your pretty sweet crafts and your story. Your fantastic at both and how perfect for you to combine both talents.I love Her movies also, esp.State Fair.I think it just might be My favorite musical.I thought I was going to grow up to look like all those ladies of the 50s in TV and the movies.Skinny waist,house dress full of flowers.Perky short hair. Hugs Denise

Shirley Hatfield said...

Like Tammy, we also quote movie lines at our house. They become so much a part of our lives...screened on the backs of our eyelids as we sleep. There is nothing like an old classic movie to bring back a lost America.

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Sandy...OOOOPS! Just kidding!

Thank you , Elizabeth, for cluing me in. That's what I get for doing my post a 3 am!

Thank you, too, for your sweet comments and words of encouragement. I loved needle felting (except for the bloodshed).

Hmmm....I think you are quite beauty...Is that your Senior picture? tee hee

I'm afraid these days I look more like Ma Kettle than anyone else!

Happy hugs and Happy Easter!
Carolynn xoxo

Chenille Cottage said...

There I go again...I almost forgot to compliment your amazing post and thank you for the darling patterns. Your blog is one in a million and I love visiting!
Bunny hugzzzzz,
Carolynn xoxo

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Susan Clayton said...

One of my and my daughters favorites, and Kim mentioned another favorite of mine - The Egg and I - 'Psst Kim - the book is even better than the movie) So glad to see you back. Best wishes for continued recovery.

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