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A Big Sister and a Little Tomato

There was a time when a single dirty dish in the sink of our shared apartment would spark a nuclear bomb of a verbal battle between my big sister and me. The year was 2007, and my sister felt deeply concerned about the choices I was making, and I, in turn, deeply resented her for this and for what I perceived as an attempt to control my life, rather than what she was actually doing, which is protect it. A dish wasn’t just a dish — whether mine or hers — and a word wasn’t just a word. That whole school year was rough. Eventually she moved to Washington D.C. to pursue her master’s, and I moved back home. As time passed, I started actually growing up (instead of just thinking I was grown), and things got better. Now, they’re better between us than they’ve ever been.

In the last 5 years, the one thing that hasn’t changed is how much my big sister loves me. At some point, she started calling me little tomato. I knew it had something to do with a song, but I didn’t really stop long enough to listen to the words. A couple weeks ago, I finally did, and I loved it. Every time I hear it, it’s like my sis is right next to me, encouraging me to press through, no matter what my crazy emotions are telling me.

It’s called “Hang On Little Tomato” and has been around for a while. Maybe you’re not too excited for the week ahead of you, or even the next five minutes. Take a quick listen if you have a moment or two (vocals start at 1:24). From one little tomato to another, just remember “…your sunny someday will come one day soon to you.”


The Lyrics

The sun has left and forgotten me
It’s dark, I cannot see
Why does this rain pour down
I’m gonna drown
In a sea
Of deep confusion

Somebody told me, I don’t know who
Whenever you are sad and blue
And you’re feelin’ all alone and left behind
Just take a look inside you and you’ll will find

You gotta hold on, hold on through the night
Hang on, things will be alright
Even when it’s dark
And not a bit of sparkling
Sing-song sunshine from above
Spreading rays of sunny love

Just hang on, hang on to the vine
Stay on, soon you’ll be divine
If you start to cry, look up to the sky
Something’s coming up ahead
To turn your tears to dew instead

And so I hold on to this advice
When change is hard and not so nice
If you listen to your heart the whole night through
Your sunny someday will come one day soon to you

5 comments on “A Big Sister and a Little Tomato

  1. Barbara
    October 29, 2012

    I love it!

  2. Jessie
    October 29, 2012


  3. Stacie G.
    October 29, 2012

    Awwwwww… Tomato/Potato

  4. lindajbryan
    October 29, 2012

    So glad you know and love this song! Uncle Bob and I Love Pink Martini. They Re from Portland, did you know?

  5. Melissaguez
    October 30, 2012

    Love this!

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