The Need for Oo-de-lally

In case you’re ever asked a trivia question regarding my favorite movie, I’ll give you a clue. oo de lally

In truth it is hard for me to settle on all time favorite movie as I tend to classify them according to genre and allow myself many favorites.  But if I must choose, I settle on Disney’s animated Robin Hood. 🙂  The opening scene with Robin Hood and Little John grabs me straight off as Alan-A-Dale (Roger Miller) sings Oo-de-lally.  The opening stanza makes me smile every time and I believe that’s the point of Oo-de-lally.

Robin Hood and Little John walkin’ through the forest
Laughin’ back and forth at what the other’ne has to say
Reminiscin’, This-‘n’-thattin’ havin’ such a good time
Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly, what a day.

I won’t say how much time I spent on this link which offers the little song in many languages:

http://waxy.org/2009/02/robin_hoods_oo_de_lally_translated/

But I digress…oh well, ,

I’m not a film critic and I’m sure many find this movie uninteresting or even droll.  For me it’s a delight. There are days when the friendship of Robin and Little John is just what I need. I like the interaction as they are laughin’ back and forth at what the other’ne has to say. The reminiscin’ that leads to havin’ such a good time is just a good idea! It is time well spent.  It is an investment in each other and an investment in themselves as well.

Recent days have allowed me to spend time with a few childhood friends. They’ve sought me out and given way to make time to laugh back and forth, reminisce and have a good time. While the reminiscing was nice, the present day connection was even nicer.

While I’ve intentionally avoided singling out friends on occasion in my writing, I’m choosing to throw caution to the wind. I’m still choosing to be purposeful in my words but it seems right to draw on the preciseness of these moments.

Oo-de-lally

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The value of loyalty, steadfastness, transparency, encouragement and more are what define this friendship.  I’m not sure how Roger Miller would have incorporated those adjectives into an Oo-de-lally verse but Shari R-F and Diane G walkin’ through the forest, certainly would have included laughter, reminiscin’ and havin’ such a good time. My first friend to don the cape with me in a literal and metaphorical sense. Thanks for making me feel like a priority. Our recent shared cup was delightful. 

I really didn’t intend for this post to be a personal tribute of any sort, but as I’ve been pondering this for days, this is where I am led.  

Friends who share the pain and still see the hope are…I just can’t settle on a word that encapsulates this emotion.

Oo-de-lally

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This week it was a JOY to reconnect with a friend who shares a common past in many aspects. Enjoying my cup of Earl Grey while she sipped her fancy coffee was a highlight of the week. While we have much we could reminisce about, and we did touch on how thankful we are for a rich heritage, we spent a couple of hours sharing laughter and gentle tears as we shared some of our stories with each other.  The stories of recent years which have included scripts not of our choosing. I received a beautiful new cape from Chris this week.

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It’s a great feeling to don an Amazing Woman cape.  It was great to laugh with this lifelong friend. Sharing tears related to painful moments, knowing we are okay, we are loved, we are held by hands that hold the universe and we are down right amazing, calls for an OO-DE-LALLY, golly what a day!

Just two days ago I heard from a college friend. She came along at the right time in  my life and while we have spent years living far apart, we remain connected.  Here’s to hoping she is able to make it to town as she hopes and we can have some time reminiscin’, this-‘n’-thattin’ havin’ such a good time.

Relationships are important. I think there is a sense I have of fierce loyalty and I appreciate those who allow me to be me. There are times of quiet, where I soak in the solitude and am indeed energized. I think back to an early post, The Quiet, and this is true of me. As someone who energizes in the Quiet and solitude, I am keenly aware of the value of the walkin’ through the forest with a friend.

The need for Oo-de-lally is not underestimated or under appreciated.  I don’t know whether I’m Robin Hood or Little John, but thank you to the many who accompany me in the adventure.

While it sounds rather sentimental, and that really isn’t such a bad thing in my opinion, we could probably all benefit from seeking out another, laughin’, reminiscin’ and havin’ such a good time.

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