I love to go a-wandering
Along the mountain track
And as I go, I love to sing
My knapsack on my back
Val-der-ra, val-der-ha ha ha ha ha ha
(My knapsack on my back)
Who remembers these words and music by Friedrich W. Möller and Antonia Ridge?
This song reminds me of a very happy time in my youth – singing around the campfire with the Girl Scouts. First I was a Brownie, and then I “flew up” to a Junior Girl Scout. Ceremonially it made me feel as valued as becoming a debutante at a “coming out” party. Although I had never experienced what that was like, I imaged as a kid the feelings were similar. I’m from an average, middle class American family with parents who had strong work ethics. They put their family, work and community first.
If you were a Girl Scout, watch this less-than-a-minute video. I promise you will fall into repeating the words as if you just said them yesterday, even if it’s been decades.
In retrospect, I guess my values haven’t changed much and I still love to go a wandering with a knapsack on my back. Val-der-ri, val-der-ra….
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My twin and me, atop Mt Werner in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. What a gift to spend a birthday with Jan after 30+ years of being far from each other on our special day.