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April 21, 2021

Thanks for the Memory

     In 1938, a movie starring Bob Hope and Shirley Ross made it’s debut on the big screen.  It was called “The Big Broadcast of 1938”.  But what really made this movie memorable was its theme song “Thanks for the Memory” written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin.  It won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Song! 

     Even though I’ve never seen the movie (but after doing this research, I sure want to!) I do remember the song.  Since Dorothy Lamour’s first solo recording of it in 1937, this song has been sung by the likes of Bob Hope & Shirley Ross, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Rod Stewart, just to name a few. It continues to be a popular song to record to this day.  Why is that?  I think it’s because memories are sometimes the only things we have left of loved ones who have passed on or who no longer have the ability to share them. 

     A personal regret of mine is not asking my own parents more about their memories growing up.   I find myself thinking about the littlest of things that sadly, I will never know the answer to.  Here’s a few random things I wish I knew about my parents, but never thought to ask:

    1.  Who was your favorite teacher during your school years?  What was your favorite subject?
    2.  Did you have pets growing up?  What kind of pets, and did you have a favorite?
    3.  How old were you when you saw your first motion picture and what movie did you see?  Who did you go with and do you remember how much it cost?
    4.  Tell me about your first date and how that went!  Do you remember how old you were?
    5.  What is your first memory of a road trip you took as a child?

     If you have aging parents, I encourage you to spend some time thinking of your own questions for them, or feel free to use mine!  I’ll bet they will be great conversation starters and who knows, their answers just may surprise you!

     If you enjoyed reading this or it spurred any conversations with your family members, I’d really love to know about it!  Just send me (Marsha) a note in the “contact us” section of this website.  And if we can answer any questions about our in-home Senior Care Services, we would be happy to do that as well.


Marsha Thorson  (Email:

GoodLIfeSeniorCare  (Phone: 719-266-4799)