Thanks for popping in. All excited and chuffed here. Today’s Youtube featuring Twas the Night Groovi Art by our splendid Groovi Design team, has been narrated by our daughter Grace. Just listen to this –
Many of you know that Grace has built a successful voiceover career over the past few years in New York, so she was the obvious choice for reading this lovely Christmas adaptation of the Christmas verses by Clement Clarke Moore!
But did you know that she is actually also the very reason I started drawing these little verses over 25 years ago! You see, I used to read the poem to the kids every Christmas Eve, and as soon as she could read, Grace took over. I shall never forget the first time she volunteered. She would have been about five years old, and we had just come back to the UK from California. She had said to me that she would like to read it in front of Oma and Grandad on the 24th, but if she got stuck on a word she said, “I’ll wink at you, and you can help me”. So on the big night, there she was, sat on a little stool in her little blue velvet dress, holding the book. And then she began… “Twas the night before – and then she look at me and winked. “Christmas,” I whispered to her… I recall thinking that we were in for a long night! Yes, so Grace has had lots of practice with this little poem, and I’m sure you’ll agree, she doesn’t need much prompting now.
Ah. And now I have just had another hilarious little memory bubble to the top. About the same time, she was so serious about reading and singing – and her little brother Mark, used to enjoy winding her up. I remember she was trying to recite something, and he – two years younger – was stood next to her. Every time she got to a crucial part in her recital, he cut in with “Zipadeedooda, zipadeeay, my oh my, what a wonderful day!” Well, she would get all annoyed with him and tell him to quit, so he would say sorry, sorry, sorry, and zip it. But then as soon as she started again, he would start to grin, and at the exact same point of her performance …zipadeedoodaaaa. She would get so frustrated!! And he would laugh like a little imp! There was absolutely nothing I could do, except scold him and comfort her. He found her button – and he pressed it! It was pretty funny though.
Anyway, time to go home. Funny how the mind can transport you back to a bygone time – and it’s as if it were yesterday. Lovely to listen to Grace now. And Mark still enjoys winding his sister up!! And she still bites!!!
Love & Hugs,
PS. And the point of all this today? Our Maria is showcasing the Groovi Twas the Night Collection on HOCHANDA tomorrow 12 noon and 4pm. Hope you can join her xx