I need to learn the words

First things first, a story ran in the OU paper today about The Celebrationist. It was the first bit of publicity the blog has gotten. I was jazzed to say the least. If you want to check things out here is a link! Kate’s Super De Duper Story About Her Hilariously Awesome Blog!!!!

I have been thinking about how I was going to celebrate this day for a while. I decided that the best way would be to attempt to sing the song in its entirety. I have heard that song a million times and I assumed that it would be a breeze. It’s not a breeze. I wasn’t even concerned with singing or singing well for that matter. I was simply going for lyrics. And I failed. I failed big time. After the first attempt I knew I missed the broad stripes, but I couldn’t figure out where to put them.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light. And ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming. And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave. For the land of the free and the home of the brave.

25 tries later…(not an exaggeration)

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light. What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming. Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight. Or the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave. For the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Actual words.

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

So moral of the story, the word o’er isn’t in my vocabulary. Also, between try number one and try number two I sang it over and over and over again and couldn’t get passed the dawn’s early light. I felt like I was failing my Montessori Academy pre-school teacher. When I was in the class I knew the Canadian national anthem and the Mexican one. In Spanish!

When the Olympics were last on I could sing along with the Canadians if they won an event. “Oh, Canada. My home and native land. Something about true north…..” At this point I really need the music and someone to sing with. Here are the lyrics!

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Knowing the Canadian national anthem is a pretty good party trick. I’ll have to use it sometime. Another party trick I have, knowing all the states and capitals. Bring it on. I’m pretty good. Ohio–Columbus. North Dakota–Bismarck. Washington–Olympia. North Carolina–Raleigh. Bring it. Mr. Amburn would be so thrilled to know that I still know my states and capitals.

Here’s another interesting national anthem fact. In Britain the song is called God Save the Queen. When we came to the US, we totally ripped off their song and made Let Freedom Ring. Sorry, The Queen. Which always reminds me of crayons. Why, you ask? Because one of the purple colors in the box is called Purple Mountains Majesty. Boom. I’m practically a Bing commercial. Except for the fact that I am pro-Google.

And there is my celebration. Now I have something to confess. One of my roommates has a J. Crew magazine downstairs. I heart J. Crew with my whole heart. I really do. I was flipping through loving cardigans and cropped pants. And to my surprise, my husband was modeling. Mr. Husband was on page 123. He didn’t even tell me that he was going to be modeling. I just thought he was on a day trading business trip. He’s sneaky.

Sincerely.

Mrs. Husband

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