Nat King Cole and Remembering My Dad

Updated on August 30, 2018
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Sallie is a retired mother and grandmother who has written short stories for most of her life. Her stories are from her heart to yours.

smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it's breaking. You'll see the sun come shining through if you just smile

I was poking around this afternoon in some little shops near where I live. There is a little town known for its antique shops, vintage stores and quirky places to find things you need but dont know you need. I love these places possibly because I love whatever is old, but still new, somewhat like myself!

While I was in one of those shops I noticed music softly playing in the background and I recognized the voice of Nat King Cole. The song playing was "Smile". Its an old classic written by Charlie Chaplin and I think made famous by Nat King Cole.

There are several songs which remind me of my Dad, but none quite as much as Smile. When I hear it, it's the late 50s and I'm a little girl listening to my Daddy singing this song. This song has special meaning because Dad taught me to harmonize with him and we would often sing it together.

I was caught off guard and while I didn't completely breakdown, I definitely choked up and had to wipe some tears from my eyes. A few women standing nearby noticed and one of them patted me on the arm and asked me if I was OK. I explained why I was crying and in turn, she told me that her mother had died a few years earlier and she understood how even being out in public doesn't always stop tears when something reminds you of a parent you've lost.

I didn't know that woman, but I felt immediately close to her. It's funny how life's experiences can do that to us.

My Dad has been dead more than 50 years and yet a song can still bring back all the sadness of him dying no matter where I am who I am with or what I am doing .

I might be someone's mom and someone's grandma, but I guess I'll always be my Daddy's little girl.

The power of emotion between parents and their child is an amazing thing.

And it never stops...never goes away....no matter how many years go by.


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