WE CALL HER, “SH-BOOM” by LINDA LEE GREENE©
The 1954, doo-wop song “Sh-Boom” by the Chords, as well as the Crew-Cuts, is the source of the nickname of my sister Sherri Beth Greene. That the letters of the song’s title correspond to her name is one factor in its link to her, but there are others. It burst on the music scene only months after her birth, and as it rang through the multiple levels of our house at 507 West Second Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, USA, she learned to talk and walk to it. Along with “No” and “Zorro,” and a series of others, “Sh-Boom” was among the earliest words she voiced, and was the first to which she sang and danced. It was a sight to see that tiny ball of dynamite boogying up and down the sidewalks of our Fly-town neighborhood, her pudgy arms and legs pumping as she sang at the top of her lungs, “Sh-Boom, sh-Boom, ya da ya, ya da ya, ya da ya, sh-boom, sh-boom….” When as a baby she gazed upon us with her sparkling blue eyes and gifted us with her rosy-gummed smile, we had an inkling that a pixie had shown up among us. And when as a toddler she began to sing and dance to that song, and along with it work her magic on us, we were convinced of it.
Our parents had celebrated their eleventh wedding anniversary 22 days before Sherri was born. Our brother David and I were eight and ten, respectively. Mom and Dad had come upon a rough spot that was endangering the bonds of our family unit, and threatening to split it apart. And then our redheaded pixie plopped herself at the forefront of our lives, and she was having none of it! She had things to do and places to go, and no monkey business on the part of anyone was going to keep her from it. “Snap to it!” her attitude signaled, and as if she had sprinkled it with magical pixie dust, the problem went away, and our family was safe and sound again.
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