Red River Uke (UPDATED)

First?  Here’s a piece of propaganda.  I’m not sure if it’s pro-kid or pro-uke.  Maybe it’s both.  I just know it’s (as Sister Merry Hellish would say) adoraballs.

Seriously. I mean SERIOUSLY.

It’s enough to make a girl pick up a bottle of prenatal vitamins and poke holes in condoms.   As in Herbert’s condom.  You know, so he and Isabella can make me a tenor.  Never mind.

Today’s song isn’t the most upbeat, so at first I thought about using Isabella…seeing as how she’s all dark and brooding.  But thing is, Herbert wanted to do it himself.  First, he always wanted to be a cowboy.  Second, he loves his fans.  So Kirsten, Herbert sends this one out to you.  Isabella is writing you a sonnet.  Probably.  I can’t say for sure because she refuses to come out of her cardboard box when it’s snowing.

Thinking happy, healthy thoughts.  And maybe thinking TGIMFBT, too.  Just a little.  Happy Friday.

UPDATED:

This?  This is why I love people.  Most days anyway.  Well I love YOU people all the time.  Because you make stuff like this happen.

This might be the best comment to ever follow a post in the history of all time.  Thanks to all of you beautiful people for showing Kirsten and her family some love.  Doesn’t it feel good to know she heard you?

I cannot thank you enough for this beautiful, beautiful gift to me and my family. I sent Elly an email and told her that since she is the nicest person I do not know, I just have to pay forward the kindness.

To that end, I made a $100 donation in Elly’s honor to M.D. Anderson Cancer research center. My dad was on the board of visitors for M.D. Anderson, was passionate about raising funds for them, and even helped start the M.D. Anderson site in Orlando.

Since I do not have Elly’s address and do not want to stalk her with an info request, I can’t get MDA to send an acknowledgement to her personally.

So Elly, thank you for sending big bouquets of kindness out into this world and into my heart.

-Kirsten


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35 thoughts on “Red River Uke (UPDATED)

  1. This brings back memories because there is a Chinese version that was popular! Great job again, Elly!

    Kirsten, sending best wishes your way and cyber hugs!

    1. Yeah, I decided not to use the take where snot starts running down my face with the “do not hasten to bid me adieu” line. Kirsten’s dad sure knows how to move a girl.

  2. When I was a little girl, my dad had a vinyl of a bunch of folk and American songs for children, and this was on it. It was one of my favorites to sing along to in our living room dance sessions, as well the Saints Come Marching In.

  3. Nice job, Elly. I’m looking for a Kleenex (and you reminded me, I need to call my 90-yr-old grandfather, who just went into the hospital. ;-( Good luck to you and your dad, Kirsten.

    And on a different note, I feel like I’m seeing my kid accept an academy award!! My kid on Bugginword! Interwebz, you should know it was ALL Elly’s idea that he get a uke for xmas this year and, well, there it is. He hasn’t stopped jammin’ since.

  4. So good Elly! Wow. A little more warning might be nice. Maybe a just a little side note, “hey, I know you’re at work and your co-workers already suspect you are an emotional basket case….might want to save this one for the home computer.” Just sayin. No really, mascara on the cheecks is the new black, right?

    good thoughts and vibes going to Kirsten and her family..

  5. Although this is an American folksong, it’s popular in Winnipeg, Manitoba too because the Red River runs through it. When I was a kid, we used to sing “Red River Valley” in our Glee Club at school. Nothing like Glee on TV though!

  6. Much love and good vibes for Kirsten and the family. Sucks so bad to deal with the twilight time.

    Herbert was crying, it was very moving. You held up like a pro, though. Beautiful.

  7. OK, I was finally able to view the clip and now I have tears in my eyes. That was lovely and very moving. Kirsten, my heart goes out to you and your family.

  8. I cannot thank you enough for this beautiful, beautiful gift to me and my family. I sent Elly an email and told her that since she is the nicest person I do not know, I just have to pay forward the kindness.

    To that end, I made a $100 donation in Elly’s honor to M.D. Anderson Cancer research center. My dad was on the board of visitors for M.D. Anderson, was passionate about raising funds for them, and even helped start the M.D. Anderson site in Orlando.

    Since I do not have Elly’s address and do not want to stalk her with an info request, I can’t get MDA to send an acknowledgement to her personally.

    So Elly, thank you for sending big bouquets of kindness out into this world and into my heart.

    1. *rolls eyes upwards and fans frantically* This is me not crying. This is me not crying all over my keyboard and Mildred. This is me not sniffling and sobbing like a hot mess.

      I always hoped ukes cured cancer, and thanks to you? That’s a real possibility.

      That was the best thank you, ever. EVER. Big squishy, uncomfortably long hugs to you and your family.

  9. Well, I’m crying this morning. And my husband is looking at me like I’m an alien with two heads (as usual)

    My thoughts go out to Kirsten and her family.

    Elly makes magic with Herbert.

  10. Ellykins, you are the height of Adoraballs! And if I ever have the pleasure of sitting by your side (because I do love you something fierce) you would be hard pressed to remove me.

    Kirsten, you are a wonderful daughter and beautiful person, not just because of your gift to M.D. Anderson (are you in Houston too?) but because of your very being. Stay strong, hug your dad a LOT and tell him he’s adoraballs! He has to be if he made you. 😉

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