Sunday request… CFRY time.
Family dinners at Grandma and Grandpa’s, down a muddy dirt road in the backwoods of my sleepy little hometown.
Both were necessary for my childhood memories to be complete.
As the squeaky, summer time screen door on the 1940s front porch, swung open wide to make way for my family, dressed in their Sunday best, to join all the other families dressed in their Sunday best, gather for a good part of the day…., my heart swelled as the sounds of the familiar Carter family tune played nostalgically, even then, in the living room, crooning through the vintage radio.
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side…
My heart was home.
Sunday after Sunday over many a decade, this was my favourite memory.
The song, written and sung well before my time, welled in my soul… Still relevant… Keep on the sunny side.
Years later, my curiosity scoured the web for the history of this beloved childhood song.
Written in 1899, now over a century ago, by Ada Blenkhorn, the song was inspired by her disabled nephew, who’s only daily wish was to have his wheelchair pushed down the “Sunny Side” of the Street on his daily walks.
Many years later, this song became a signature sound for The Carter Family, coming into family homes via many a radio station.
CFRY for our family on those beautiful Sundays in my childhood.
It’s a simple song.
Sometimes the simple is the most powerful.
Let us greet with a song of hope each day, though the moments be cloudy or fair, let us trust in the Saviour always… To keep us everyone in His care…. Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side….
And there it is.
Let us greet with a song of hope each day …. The message is still the same, now a century later.
No matter the direction the world may be spinning each day…
Send a message to someone’s who’s four walls seem to be closing in…
Sing a song from the rooftops and press send so the world can hear….
Perhaps leave a basket of Love on a porch for those in need….
Send a prayer for someone who just can’t face tomorrow…
But most of all let us trust in the Saviour always… To keep us everyone in His care…
And always… Always…
Keep on the sunny side☀️❤️