Happy June! Are you ready for summer? When I was a kid, I lived for June. It meant the end of school (in the northeast, we didn’t finish until about mid-June)–and the best part of school, really, since we had half-days, movies and more fun than work. Plus, in my family it meant we returned to our trailer at the shore on weekends, going to the beach and the boardwalk. And two of my favorite holidays were Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (okay, that’s July, but so close to the end of June. . .)
Music was huge in the summer. We listened to tapes as we drove to the shore or hung out by the pool. And my parents, as always, shared their favorites with us, including cute stories about the memories the songs prompted.
I always think of my mother when I hear this one. She used to sing it to us, and then laugh as she shared how her siblings would say, “Here comes Jeannie in her polka dot bikini!”
Such a sweet, innocent song from 1960 . . . this poor little girl who was afraid to come out the locker room!
I hope your summer is filled with chances to wear bikinis–or enjoy the view of them. Oooh la la!
“Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny…” came a few years after “Here comes Jeannie….” So was your mother’s name Jean? Mine is. When I was in high school in 1957 or 58, the boys I hung out with got my mother to make me a polka dot bikini (white with navy dots) which they gave to me in a gift wrapped box. I was too shy to ever wear it.
Yes! My mom spelled her name Jeanne. That’s an adorable story, love it! <3