Tuesday, February 11, 2014

On the Good Ship Lollipop

This morning I heard that Shirley Temple Black passed away yesterday.  She was 85.  I just wanted to write something about her because I was sad to hear she had passed.  I grew up, thankfully, with parents who introduced me to Shirley Temple when was little.  I remember watching her movies and wanting to dance and sing like her.  I even loved ordering a Shirley Temple at restaurants because I thought it was fun because it reminded me of her (I still love 'em).  Her smile was unforgettable- and of course her head full of bouncy curls.  I also loved that she seemed level-headed and respectable.  She also left acting early to raise a family.  She sounded like a classy lady way beyond her days as the loveable, cute little girl America loved so much. 
It is a sort of an out of the blue thought, but even Santa Claus was a fan.  I write that because I am reminded of something I read this morning that made me laugh.  Shirley Temple's mother brought her to see a Department Store Santa during the holidays when she was a little girl, and he asked her for her autograph.  She said that was when she stopped believing in Santa Claus, haha.  I thought that was a funny story.

Shirley Temple represents the purity and simple times in America that are nostalgic to so many.  I think that's one reason why she and her films are so loved.
I used to walk around all the time when I was little singing "On the Good Ship Lollipop".  I still get it stuck in my head sometimes, and I have a feeling I always will every once in awhile.  In memory of her, all I can say is that I'm thankful to have had Shirley Temple be a part of my childhood.  She was truly so talented, beautiful, and had such joy in her bright smile.  It was a smile that seemed to light up the world, even now, and one that will be missed.


  1. This was a beautiful tribute to Shirley Temple, sweet Jazzmin! I, too, remember watching her when I was younger and thinking that I wanted to be just like her when I grew up :) And you made me smile when you said you would order Shirley Temples - so would I :) We should get together sometime and have one!

    Thank you for this sweet post - it was a joy to read. Enjoy your day, my friend!

  2. Jazzmin,

    I loved watching Shirley Temple movies as a youngster too. They were my favorite movies, and I also wanted to emulate her. I was always asking my mom to curl my hair. : )

    May you have a blessed weekend!


  3. Dear Miss Jazzmin,
    I think there are a lot of Shirley Temple fans out there! I think that "Heidi" was one of my favorite of her movies. She was just so adorable...she will be missed.
    Mrs. Laura


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