Today is my sister, Karen's birthday. Although I've always done it, I have only recently discovered the uber-delight derived from acknowledging someone's big day by calling and singing Happy Birthday in my best Carol Channing voice. The last few friends have been smitten by the gesture and the appreciative tones with which they thank me just feeds my soul in ways that are unattainable any other way.
So as soon as the clock struck midnight last night, I called my SissyKern and summoned up all the raspy-throated-ness required and left her a message filled with the over-exaggerated and drawn out "to you" that actually sounded more like "choo yewwww." What joy! She immediately emailed me to thank me, saying this was the best voice mail ever. Hello Dolly. I love it.
Although my family is full of amateur (but excellent) impressionists, my best singing imitation is that of the big eyed, overly eyelashed and banged actress who worked with George Burns, and every other actor, singer and comedian of the last century and now on into this one. It will be a sad, sad day for the entertainment world when Carol makes her exit, stage left, to the Big Stage in the Sky.
WHO IS CAROL CHANNING?
and happy birthday, Karen, chooooo yooooo...
and may mooooahhhh....