A Few of My Favorite Things

The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway fifty years ago (November 16th, 1959), but I discovered it again for the first time last week.

My three-year old son was busy playing trucks when I popped in the DVD, but as soon as Julie Andrews came bounding over the horizon and opened her mouth to sing, his little head swiveled around like a periscope.

What is that exquisite sound?

Who is that beautiful lady . . . and why isn’t she my mother?

He planted himself directly in front of the TV and gazed on with rapt attention for a good half hour.

I was riveted by the fairytale plotline, the boundless optimism, the yodeling . . . and Captain Von Hawt, whose smokin’ good looks had somehow evaded me for these past thirty-six years.

So in honor of the Sound of Music’s fiftieth anniversary, here are A Few of My Favorite Things:

  1. Coffee (touch of cream, no sugar)
  2. Sushi
  3. The Daily Show
  4. Lithuanian folk songs
  5. My attached garage
  6. The iTunes Store
  7. Leonard Cohen lyrics
  8. Built-in bras
  9. The Star-Spangled Banner (straight up, no soul)
  10. Cosmic signs
  11. Musical harmony
  12. Reading in bed
  13. White linens
  14. Lost
  15. Chamomile tea
  16. Aveda Inner Light dual foundation
  17. The combination of buttered movie popcorn with Skittles
  18. Hot showers
  19. Good lip balm
  20. Lavender lotion from L’Occitaine
  21. Striped tights
  22. Black boots
  23. Cinnabon
  24. Cabernet Sauvignon
  25. Guinness beer
  26. Christmas Eve
  27. Tylenol PM
  28. Jello pretzel “salad”
  29. Order and symmetry
  30. Airplane Coke
  31. The sun on my back
  32. Abba
  33. Geico caveman commercials
  34. The smell of pipe tobacco
  35. Foot rubs
  37. and The Sound of Music, of course.

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