I always thought the adage “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries” silly, never gave it much thought. But while eating my afternoon snack of cherries in a ziploc bag, I was compelled to look up the lyrics to the song. Judy Garland does a rousing rendition of it, but I preferred Doris Day’s softer, slower interpretation. I’ve had a soft spot for Doris since I was a child. Often thought of her as a surrogate mom–always cheerful, rosy and full of life and love. Anyway, I digress.
Having read the lyrics, I find the song isn’t so inane after all:
People are queer, they’re always crowing, scrambling and rushing about
Why don’t they stop someday, address themselves this way?
Why are we here? Where are we going? It’s it time that we found out
We’re not here to stay; we’re on a short holiday.
And this part:
. . . The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you’ve never owned?
So that’s all I’ve got today. Thought I’d drift into lighter territory and elude the sorrow.
Enjoy the cherries.