In my monthly June post, I let you know that the name for the Full Moon
this week is called, Strawberry Full Moon. On Wednesday, as I walked
my youngest daughter out to her car, since we had spent awhile having
dinner, along with watching a movie it was getting late. It was dark, but
there was a brightness in the sky. I let out an excited, “Look at the moon!”
Together we gazed at it, she giving it more than a passing glance, knowing
that the sky holds a little extra meaning to our family.
We hugged each other tightly, arms wrapped around each other.
We noted it was looking bright and lovely in the cool night air. There has
been a neat way that the clouds seem to spread, dissipating into wisps,
around the moon.
The warm daytime temperatures and the cooler night air has created great
‘cloud cover.’ Last night, the moon was showing its shiny, gray-pocketed
face for all to see.
I found several strawberry messages to share with you. I do so love the
sweet and a little tart taste of strawberries! Do you love them, too?
In the following “Camp Song,” we used to sing at Girl Scout camp, there
is a reference repeated about strawberries. I remember this song, like
the ‘back of my hand.’ I have sung it to my own three children at their
bedtime, more recently to my grandchildren. This is one of a few that
have strawberries in their lyrics!
The New Christy Minstrels used to sing this and my parents had it on
one of their albums. I did not initiate singing this song while away at
camp. This song, “Today,” must have been popular enough for a camp
counselor to have memorized and shared with us. It is sweet with a
guitarist, sitting with it on his or her knees, strumming along to the
Sitting around a campfire, from ages 11 until age 18, I used to sing it.
I enjoyed ed’ camping trips with the local Bay Village Boy Scouts,
taking down the tents that were canvas off the platforms at Camp Hilaka.
This would be in the Fall, in Richfield, Ohio.
When you read the lyrics, you may not think that Juliette Gordon Low,
the founder of Girl Guides, later known as Girl Scouts, would have
approved! There is the repeated verse with ‘wine’ included!
“Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine,
I’ll taste your strawberries,
I’ll drink your sweet wine.
A million tomorrows shall all pass away,
‘Ere I forget all the joy that is mine. . .
Oh, I’ll be a dandy or I’ll be a rover,
You’ll know who I am, by the song that I sing.
I’ll feast at your table,
I’ll sleep in your clover.
Who cares what tomorrow may bring?
I can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory,
I can’t live on promises Winter to Spring.
Today is my moment and now is my story,
I’ll laugh and I’ll cry and I’ll sing.
Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine,”
Of course, another very popular song that includes, the word,
“strawberry” in it is: “Strawberry Fields Forever” by the Beatles.
Here is a fun list of different references to Strawberries:
1. Grandmother’s homemade strawberry jam
2. Aunt Amy’s freezer strawberry jam
3. McDonald’s strawberry and crème pies (2 for $1.59)
4. Strawberries and cream
5. Strawberry shortcake
6. Strawberry Shortcake and her Friends. (dolls)
7. Strawberry Cool Whip
8. Strawberry shakes
9. Strawberry malts
10. Neopolitan has chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream
also, what we call ice cream cookies.
11. Strawberry Skittles, the red ones are my favorites!
12. Strawberry Twizzlers
13. Strawberry pie, with fresh strawberries and a glaze over it.
(Served with big dollops of whipped cream!)
14. Boone’s Farm Strawberry Wine
(Don’t drink too much, sickeningly sweet, not fun coming up!)
15. Suave brand shampoo, Strawberry Shampoo and Conditioner
16. Strawberry lip gloss
(I used to put this on my lips, during high school. I got some
compliments for this habit. Also, used it to kiss the envelopes
to my college boyfriend, future first husband, signing off with
“Sealed with a Kiss.”)
Instead of focusing on the Friday the 13th, I hope you enjoyed this!
I am sure there are many more songs, memories and fun things
you may have thought of, hope if this triggered any interesting
stories, you will share them with us!