Heart of a Southern Woman

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“Z” is for Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah with Grandchildren


As a child, and as an adult I’ve always loved this song! When you’re happy, nothing else expresses the mood quite so well in my book! You can whistle it, and you can sing it as if no one is watching or listening! LOL That’s what I do..or perhaps, I should say, that is what my grandchildren and I do, and have done over the years!  

Helen with Liam and Katy, Zip a Dee Doo Dah

Helen with grandchildren Liam and Katy

My oldest grandchild, Liam is  7 now, but when he was three, as his sister Katy is now, he would sit on the arm of my power wheelchair (can’t walk far due to severe heart disease) and we would ride all over the neighborhood! He loved it, and wanted to ride and ride! So, we’d talk, we’d notice things, and we’d sing! My favorite song to sing with him was Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, I bet you couldn’t have guessed that huh?  Can you imagine the sight we made, riding around on my wheelchair, grandma and grandchild, singing at the top of our lungs! I know that some of our good friends/neighbors used to tease and also let us know they loved it! I often wondered if others who didn’t know us wondered about that old lady wandering the neighborhood in her wheelchair, singing with abandon with that little boy! LOL However, the men in white coats, nor the police ever showed! My sidekick and I had a ball, and I’ll never forget it for sure! 

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

14 thoughts on ““Z” is for Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah with Grandchildren

  1. Hi Helen, I have enjoyed following your blog and seeing the beautiful pictures of your family! Yay, we finished the challenge!! xoxo -http://50andfabulousblog.blogspot.com

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  2. Dear Judi,thank you so much! It has been fun! Getting to know you a bit has been one of my favorite things about it!


  3. And HE will never forget it — you can count on that! And isn’t that a wonderful thing to think about?! Life is all about making memories! Helen, one of the things I love about you most — besides your blog posts — is your zest for life and for sharing that zest with others which brings everyone who loves you into the special memories you create constantly. God has truly blessed you — and us, by putting you in our life’s path! Love and hugs, Linda

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. I love you too! God surely blessed me by placing me among such special neighbors like you! Thank you for caring enough to read also.


  5. Congratulations on completing the A-Z challenge. It was a tremendous undertaking. Whatever will we write about now?

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  6. How much fun! I love that song, and it has been stuck in my mind forever. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you through the A to Z Challenge. I hope you’ll continue to blog, and we can keep in touch. I feel, so much, like I know you!

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  7. Helen, I love love love that you’ve finished on that song – so very you! Its been a particular pleasure to get to know you throughout this challenge and I look forward to that continuing. Dx

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  8. Dear Scarlet, getting to know you through this blogging has been so much fun! My whole family has enjoyed your stories! You have won loyal followers! So looking forward to continuing with you!


  9. Dear Lauren, i feel the same way! It has been a priviledge to get to know you, and to read your writing! I’m looking forward to more! So glad you love that song too!


  10. Dear, dear Debs, thank you for knowing that! I have so enjoyed meeting you, and reading your writing! I look forward to so much more!


  11. I can just imagine the scene! I bet you had so much fun! Congratulations in completing the challenge! I’m a lot in late commenting, but I’ll catch up!


  12. Hi Franny! Thanks, its never too late for a compliment, and yes, we had so much fun! LOL I am very late reading a lot also, but I want to as well, time has been crazy lately for generally good reasons like out of town company, so my time for myself has been limited. but I love it! Feeling blessed! Helen


  13. Praises, praises and more praises. Helen, I found you. What a joy to have the love of people around you. I am getting my blessings one by one, simply by reading a few of the thoughts to you. Now cannot way to hear from you completely. It Al’ Krutulewski. I am so happy to discover that I am still dancing in friendship, thinking of you. Faithfully Yours.


  14. Althesina Krutulewski! As I live and breathe! it is so wonderful to hear from you! I have searched for you many times! Please write me at helenholshouser@gmail.com so we can be in touch! Love you dearly old friend! Helen


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