“Give me my flowers while I live.” Grandmother had this saying on her living room wall and it’s always meant the world to me. Why do we wait until someone has passed to send flowers? Let people know you love them NOW, not later. Later may be too late both for them and for you.
Sisters and teachers Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill wrote Good Morning to All which later became more well known as the music for Happy Birthday To You. Patty was born in Anchorage, Kentucky!…I mean, who even knew there was an Anchorage in Kentucky?! and Mildred was born in Louisville and we all know where Louisville is located…right?
Anyway, Mildred specialized in the study of Negro spirituals and, along with her sisters, was honored at the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair for their work in progressive education. All three sisters, there was a Jessica as well, were kindergarten teachers and Mildred also a Sunday School teacher.
Patty was key founder of the National Association Nursery Education (NANE), now known as National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Hill sisters first wrote the song “Good Morning to All” as a welcome song for children to sing to their teachers. Mildred wrote the melody and Patty the lyrics and the song first published in 1893 in Song Stories for the Kindergarten.
In 1912 Happy Birthday To You first appeared in print and is the most well-known song in the English language. He’s a Jolly Good Fellow follows and Auld Lang Syne is third most well-known.
In 1996 the sister’s were inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and about time too!
So, today is my birthday and I want to honor the sisters, Patty and Mildred. Because of you people all over the world sing Happy Birthday To You and, hopefully, someone will sing it to me today.
Blessings ~ Patty and Mildred ~ birthdays ~ music ~ flowers ~ love ~