SoCS – Charmed, I’m Sure

Linda is changing it up today with her prompt for Stream of Consciousness Challenge:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ch.” Find a word that starts with “ch” and use it as your prompt word. Bonus points if you start your post with that word. Enjoy!

Ch, ch, ch….hmm

Charm, charmed, charming — all lovely, happy, light-as-air words used to describe the delightful things in life. When I think of those words, lots of things come flooding back to me.

The first thing to come to mind was that I had written about charm bracelets in a previous ‘cele’ SoCS post you can find here. Charm bracelets are charming, don’t you think.

Then my mind jumps to Ethel Mertz (played by Vivian Vance), the character in the old “I Love Lucy” show. She often greeted new people with the phrase “Charmed, I’m sure” which I suppose means, ‘I do not know you but I’m sure you are quite charming’.

From “I Love Lucy”, I jump to Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” and the song “Agony” which I have also written about before – it was a day we wrote about duets for Song Lyric Sunday. The song “Agony” is based on the trials of being a Prince Charming. I love this quote by Cinderella’s Prince Charming:

”I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”

Then my mind heads over to visit Elvis Presley for the song “Good Luck Charm” in which he discounts the luck of a four leaf clover, a horseshoe, a lucky penny, a rabbit’s foot (weird what people once did) and…. something else I cannot remember because his ‘girl’ is his lucky charm. Elvis could be charming, too, don’t you think?

There are so many phrases using charm as their base. Charm the pants off, third time’s a charm, works like a charm, turn on the charm, and oh yes – charm school!

I vaguely remember hearing about charm school when I was a kid. I can remember trying to walk with a book balanced on my head. That must have been from some old movie I had seen, or perhaps a suggestion from my very proper grandmother, I’m not sure. YouTube is full of videos from people after the vintage market. Videos including ‘victory roll hairstyles’, vintage clothing and even vintage behavior. Then, of course, there is charm school.


26 thoughts on “SoCS – Charmed, I’m Sure”

  1. I remember on Romper Room they walked in a circle with baskets on their heads with the teacher singing, “See me walk so straight and tall, I won’t let my basket fall.” Or something like that. On a brighter note, who would’ve thought a song called, “Agony,” would be so funny. I had meant to go see the Disney version of Into the Woods, but didn’t get around to it. Looks like fun.

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    1. All I remember from that show was something along the lines of “Do be a do be” and the host looking into the mirror like she could see people at home. And oh, “Go you chicken fat go”. 😂

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  2. So much goodness packed into this post. I had forgotten about “Charmed, I’m sure” I might have to dig out “Into the Woods” and re-watch it.

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  3. You made such good use of the prompt, Maggie. ‘Charming’, to describe a man, often implied he might also be shallow, and insincere. The song lyric sums that up nicely.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I’m reminded of a man I worked for. He was a difficult person to work for and not particularly trustworthy but people used to say “he can be charming” with an implied (when he needs to be).

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  5. I’m charmed by your memories of that phrase. As girls we used to say “charmed, I’m sure” to each other then break into the giggles. I hadn’t thought of that in years.

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  6. I liked reading all about the ways charm is used. Didn’t know there were quite so many. I hadn’t thought of that Elvis song in a long time. It’s a good one. 🙂

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  7. Haven’t we all tried walking with a book on our head? I remember giving it up fairly quickly and deciding it must be a fluke if one managed it. Or maybe I just had a particularly lumpy head… 😆

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