Friday, February 11, 2011

Up on the Roof

"There is something so rejuvenating when climbing up high and overlooking God's abundant blessings." ~Mama Hen

Thank you to everyone who made such kind comments about my Dad yesterday. I really appreciate it. I spent the afternoon up on my roof shoveling more snow and ice. It has been a tough winter here in New England and the abundant snow falls have become rather heavy on every one's roof tops and the gutters are getting clogged up. So I did exactly what my Dad would do and I climbed up, once again, to shovel as much as I could. As I was up there the sun beat upon my face in freezing temperatures and I looked out at all the trees and beauty and I felt a sensation of calm and peace. I felt like I was following in my Dad's footsteps by "getting the job done" and not waiting for someone else to do it or for the problem to go away. I also thought about my students in fourth grade and how I used to teach them through music. I used songs with lyrics that we could digest and talk about. Up on the Roof by The Drifters was one of them. As I was shoveling I remembered the lyrics of this very happy, yet reflective song and thought how perfect it fit that particular moment and day of my Dad's anniversary.

"Up On The Roof"
(Gerry Goffin and Carole King)
When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below can't bother me
Let me tell you now

When I come home feelin' tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let's go up on the roof (up on the roof)

At night the stars put on a show for free
And, darling, you can share it all with me

I keep a-tellin' you

Right smack dab in the middle of town
I've found a paradise that's trouble proof (up on the roof)
And if this world starts getting you down
There's room enough for two
Up on the roof (up on the roof)
Up on the roo-oo-oof (up on the roof)
Oh, come on, baby (up on the roof)
Oh, come on, honey (up on the roof)

Everything is all right (up on the roof)


  1. I love that song!!

    Warmer temps are coming - 40s and maybe even 50s next week!! Hang in there!!!

  2. Hi! Stopping by from MBC! I love your blog! So cute! I saw your post about your Dad. I lost my brother the week before Christmas this year. Dealing with grief is so hard but the memories keep us going! Hope you can stop by our blog!

  3. Thank you so much for coming by. I loved your post about your Dad very much. Lots of love coming from those pictures.

    Following back as well.

    Lisa xx

  4. Love the song...and the pics of you 'getting 'er done!' What snows we've all been having this year. Good idea to get that stuff off the roof!

  5. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to sharing with you. I'm following you now. I loved the post about your Dad such wonderful happy memories.I hope you will always find comfort in them. Hugs Katherine P.S. you would never catch me on the roof giggle...I hate heights!

  6. Woo hoo! Mama Hen, you're my 300th follower! Thank you, thank you! I returned home from Home Depot, unloaded and put up stuff, and, here I am, like WOW!

    And you had the lyrics to "Up on the Roof", one of my all time favorites. Those lyrics speak to the soul.

    I'm sorry about your Dad. (I know that deep ache *sighs*) He seems like a wonderful person who was a fantastic father. You are his life's work and a wonderful tribute to him. It's not only nice that you find such comfort in his memory but that these memories guide you. Hugs!

    Thank you for sharing. I look forward to your posts.

  7. You really do have a lot of snow this Winter. Hope Spring comes as fast as we want it to be ^_^. I read your post about your Dad, I have a goosebumps, pictures tells it all your Dad is a happy person. Then I missed my Dad too, he passed away 20 years ago we don't have photos together like you had. But his memories lingers in my heart. ^_^ Thanks for the following I followed too. Happy weekend!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my place, I am following back and really enjoyed your post today!! I lost my dad in 2000 and know exactly what you mean about still missing him. I think about him almost every day, as I am sure you do too. Its funny how we do something so simple in our live that reminds us of things our folks did or values they instilled in us, making us who we are today. I hope your day is blessed with smiles!! :)

  9. Great post, be careful up there! LOL. :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    thank you for your kind words on my post about my daughter's egg allergy. As parents it is hard watching our kids go through illnesses, etc. as you have shared, you understand. :-)


  10. It always makes me nervous seeing people do that. Be so careful!

  11. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower, I will do the same.

    I scrolled down and read your post about your dad, such a handsome guy. So touching. I lost my dad six years ago on Feb. 2 and I miss him so much. He was a good man like your dad, always upbeat and happy.
    I look forward to visiting your blog often.

    And be careful up on that roof.

  12. you are looking good!! i'm impressed you're up on the roof : ) who took the photos?
    very special post about your dad yesterday -- i have a very close relationship with my dad too, nothing quite compares to growing up with that closeness and having those memories.
    thank you for always sharing your heart so beautifully : )

  13. I'm glad the roof was cleared without harm to life and limb. I'm new to your blog and have just spent time browsing through your earlier entries. I really enjoyed my visit and especially enjoyed your tribute to your father. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  14. Thank you for stopping by and especially thank you for leaving a comment. Meeting new blogging friends is always fun and always welcomed!

    I'm just impressed that you got on your roof! I'm scared to death to get on ours. I don't mind the getting up, it's the getting down that terrifies me! Good for you!

    Love that song too!

  15. You're a brave woman to be up on the roof! I love that song. There's a hike I do from my house that has amazing views. It is rejuvenating to be up on high (: Have a great weekend

  16. Good for you! Love the silouttte photo. I love your blog design too - so fresh and cheery ;)

  17. I am so pleased to meet you and thank you for following my blog. What a coincidence we both have written about our fathers' passing this week. I love your positive approach to life and your posts, especially this one. This song will now be echoing in my head all night. I am off to explore your blog. I am of course your latest follower and fan. I look forward to my visits here.

  18. Thanks for the visit and the compliment! Thank you also for being follower #400. That certainly crept up on me! Hope you have a great weekend (of shovelling :( )

    Barb at Sugarbeat's Books

  19. Great photos! I love the shadow one. I'm glad you got that taken care of and got down safely. I've been seeing so many trying to shovel their roofs off here. Maybe the worst of winter is over for us. I'm definitely ready for spring. Have a wonderful weekend, girl! Candace

  20. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving such a sweet message. I now follow yours. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings, Mary O

  21. I love that you actually found the enjoyment in a chore that not everyone would revel in. You have me curious as to who was taking the pictures. I know you didn't have your camera on a timer. (Unless you have wings too. lol)

    Take heart - I hear Spring is coming. (In about 6 weeks!) Have a great week-end!!

  22. Thanx so much for following me and helping me get to 200 by my birthday. I am having trouble following you back. it's me, not you. I have 2 Blogger accounts and it keeps sending me back to the wrong one when I try. I will figure it out and if you see my face along with a diff blog you'll know why.

  23. What a great song to have running through your head. You had a big job to do.

  24. Your tribute post to your dad was absolutely beautiful. And how wonderful that you remember him and treasure his positive influence in your life during tasks like shoveling snow. I'm already a follower.
    Deb @

  25. I found your blog through MBC. What a beautiful story. And I'm so impressed you found a moment of calm up on the roof with a shovel in your hands! Thanks for sharing!

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