My sister Hipee, the high powered executive, was born in 1961. Petula Clark’s Downtown was released in 1964 and hit number one on the charts in the
“When you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go – downtown”
“When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry seems to help, I know – downtown”
“Don't hang around and let your problems surround you, there are movie shows – downtown”
“Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova…”
“The lights are much brighter there, you can forget all your troubles; forget all your cares…”
What troubles? What cares? What problems? Hipee couldn’t drive and was never alone - unless she wandered off. Her only worries would be wondering where her bankee was or perhaps getting into trouble for talking during naptime at kindergarten. The only movies she’d be watching were released by Disney or nature movies shown at Dad’s Seratoma club family movie night. And let’s face it, she didn’t even know what a bossa nova was, let alone how to dance it. Her love of Downtown is unfathomable.
But the most amazing thing about her love of Downtown is that her funny, kind, generous, loving husband also loved Downtown as a child. That two such people could find each other is extraordinary.
May Hipee’s husband rest in peace. And may the Lord continue to hold Hipee in the palm of His hand, wiping away all her tears.