Put The Lime in the Coconut

This past weekend it was my BIL’s birthday.  He has been fighting cancer, but has reached the stage in his journey of being on hospice care.  It has been his goal to make it to his birthday.

He’s no longer eating much, but we wanted to celebrate his birthday, so we made his favorite birthday dessert – German Chocolate Cake.

Chow German Chocolate Cake

I used a different recipe than I have used before.  I liked the loaf shape of this version as well as the addition of buttercream icing.  Chow’s recipe for this German Chocolate Cake can be found here.

I made a few changes to it which you can find on the Comments on my Pinterest page for this recipe here.

David Birthday with Sara and Diane

He slept most of the day so we thought we might have to celebrate without him, but he rallied and was able to sit at the table with us.  He said a lovely two-minute prayer, took a few bites of cake and ice cream, and smiled for a few pictures, too!

He had a little trouble eating the coconut, and one of us mentioned something about a coconut song.  Immediately, he piped up Put the lime in the coconut.  It was hilarious.  My BIL is a big music buff.  He may be forgetting a lot of things these days, but he still remembers his music!  For those of you who want to walk down memory lane here is the link to the Harry Nilsson YouTube video of the Coconut song from 1971.

David Birthday with Kathy and Joe

My BIL’s best friend and his wife joined us.

David Birthday with Mama

And I even got a kiss out of the deal!

Happy Birthday to my BIL, Dave!

Coconut by Harry Nillson (1971)

Brother bought a coconut
He bought it for a dime.
His sister had another
She paid it for the lime.

She put the lime in the coconut
she drank them both up.
 
she put the lime in the coconut
she called the doctor, woke him up, and said
“Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, “Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”
I said, “Doctor ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, “Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”

Now let me get this straight;
You put the lime in the coconut
You drank them both up
You put the lime in the coconut,
You drank them both up
put the lime in the coconut,
you drank them both up
put the lime in the coconut,
called your doctor, woke him up, and said,

“Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”
I said, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take”
I said, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”

You put the lime in the coconut, you drink them both together,
put the lime in the coconut, then you’ll feel better.
Put the lime in the coconut, and drink them both up,
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning.”

Brother bought a coconut
He bought it for a dime.
His sister had another
She paid it for the lime.

She put the lime in the coconut
she drank them both up.
she put the lime in the coconut
Called the doctor, woke him up, and said
“Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, “Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”
I said, “Doctor ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, “Doctor”

Now let me get this straight;
You put the lime in the coconut
You drank them both up
put the lime in the coconut,
You drink them both up
the lime in the coconut,
you drink them both up
you put the lime in the coconut,
you’re such a silly woman,
put a lime in the coconut,
and drink them both together,
put the lime in the coconut,
then you’ll feel better.
put the lime in the coconut,
drink them both down,
put the lime in the coconut,
and call me in the morning 

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7 Responses to Put The Lime in the Coconut

  1. Martha says:

    awww Theresa what a special day. Glad he was able to celebrate with all of you. I love the first picture; the way Diane is looking at him. Hugs and prayers to all of you. XOXO

    • Mama says:

      It did end up being a special day. We paid for his time up, however, as he had a very tough night which meant none of us got much sleep. This is a process for sure and we are giving him the gift of staying home, hopefully, until the end.

      Mama

  2. Mary says:

    These are the memories you all will have forever. It is nice that he can still make you laugh!

  3. stella simon says:

    Very special! More prayers and hugs~

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