Stories for My Grandchildren
"Bow Wow Wants a Boy For Christmas"
Chi Chi 1956
I was 5 or 6 years old, I had to sing "Bow Wow Wants a Boy for
Christmas" in front of our church in southern Virginia. This would have
been the winter of 1955 or 56. My mother practiced with me for hours/days. Even
the church pianist/organist had a couple of run-throughs with me. I had it down
the night of the performance, mom put a giant red bow on Chi Chi our Pekinese. I
was in my suit and bow tie looking spiffy holding Chi Chi! The music started and
I began to sing. Through all the practices, Chi Chi was absent, after all she
wasn't going to sing. Well, Chi Chi was the star performer that night. She
started howling and didn't stop until the music ended. Mom was crying and
mortified, I was frustrated telling Chi Chi to shut up, and the entire Church
was literally rolling in the aisles.