Little Things Mean A lot

I remember back when I was sixteen, I asked my father to take me to see a new movie that had come out, “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees. I had been reading about this movie all summer and I couldn’t wait to see it. My father agreed to take me to see it on the opening weekend and I was very excited, but it turned out my father was feeling tired that day and tried to get out of taking my brother and me. I got very upset and started to cry. He then reluctantly agreed and took us to the show.

After the movie I had a talk with my father and told him that he promised and that was why I made such a fuss. He then replied why is this such a big deal, it was just a little thing. I never forgot my answer. I told him “Little things mean a lot.”

It is those small details that men often forget that can make all the difference in the world to that special woman in his life. This subject is even the title of a song. In 1954 Kitty Kallen was the voice for the song “Little Things Mean A lot” the lyrics for this song are as follow:

 Blow me a kiss from across the room

Say I look nice when I'm not

Touch my hair as you pass my chair

Little things mean a lot

Give me your arm as we cross the street

Call me at six on the dot

A line a day when you're far away

Little things mean a lot

Don't have to buy me diamonds or pearls

Champagne, sables, and such

I never cared much for diamonds and pearls

'cause honestly, honey, they just cost money

Give me a hand when I've lost the way

Give me your shoulder to cry on

Whether the day is bright or gray

Give me your heart to rely on

Send me the warmth of a secret smile

To show me you haven't forgot

For now and forever, that's always and ever

Honey, little things mean a lot

If most men only realized that it doesn’t always take a mansion to dazzle a girl, that maybe he might get a great response with just a phone call to tell her, he remembers her. In the Man of Steel and Velvet, Aubrey Andelin states the following: “It is indispensable for a woman to know that her husband is aware of her as a person. His thoughtful attention to her comfort is a visible demonstration of his love. It provides a unifying bond between them, for as he shows his thoughtful concern for her, she blossoms as a flower in the sun.” He also goes on to state “Noticing a woman helps her come alive. She will have a new excitement in getting up in the morning and making herself beautiful, for there is someone who makes it worthwhile. She has a new incentive – someone to please, someone to look nice for. She will enjoy making a new dress, shopping, or standing in front of a mirror wondering how to wear her hair. She is like a little girl who anticipates a birthday party full of surprises, wondering just how he will react.”

Even though this book was written back in the early seventies and some of this might come across as a bit corny, women have not changed that much in the last 40 years. If a woman feels that the man she cares about notices her and complements her on her clothes or anything else worth mentioning, she will want to put in that extra effort in anticipation of what will be his next reaction. Times may have changed, but women are pretty much the same at heart. 

I remember dating this guy back when I was nineteen and I told him that one of things I wanted to do the most was to go to the Troubadour Nightclub. I had read about how many of rock and roll’s most legendary artists got their start at this venue and I just had to visit this amazing place. He took me a week later and I had a great time. It has been twenty eight years since that night and I still remember it like it was yesterday. To many people it might have just amounted to just a little thing, but boy did going to the Troubadour that night mean a lot. Of all the things I remember about this guy, it is his thoughtfulness in taking me there that I think of the most.

It is this kind of thoughtfulness that truly stirs up feelings in a woman. Aubrey Andelin explains it this way in the following“An attentive man has an educated heart. He is observant, knows his wife’s favorite flower, color, and favorite perfume.” He then goes on to state “The movie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, illustrated this point. In early marriage Molly expressed a desire for three items: a red silk dress, cups and saucers that match, and big brass bed. They had little money at the time, but her remarkable husband kept these childlike whims in mind and later when they became rich, the first things he bought her were a red silk dress, cups and saucers that match, and a big brass bed. Molly was overwhelmed. She had not imagined he would remember, especially after such a long time.’

Sometimes other matters scream for a man’s attention, but a man must never forget that if he really wants to keep the romance alive, then yes, little things do mean a lot!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Anyone who wants to keep the romance in their life - courtship, marriage or otherwise - should read and practice these amazing and true lyrics/tips.


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Hi drbj,

I'm glad you liked it, Aubrey Andelin does give great advice and so does his wife Helen (Fascinating Womanhood). Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words.


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Forgot to mention Kitty Kallen does say it like it is in that song. I read the lyrics just recently and it really touched me. I just had to write a piece on it so I did.


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Great hub. Love the lyrics.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

This is an awesome hub. There are so many ways to say exactly what you just said. So much study in psychology, so much counseling, so much of Dr. Phil, so much that people could learn if they just remembered those little words - not only in a husband/wife relationship, but in every relationship - elderly relatives, children (as in your example) and even in distant relatives. This hub really hit home, especially in such a technology filled generation; stepping away from all the electronics, and taking time for all of the little things we used to do - really could make all the difference in the world. Thanks so much for such a great hub before Christmas, I voted you up and beautiful! Namaste'


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you Erin, I am so glad you enjoyed this hub. I agree if people didn't ignore the little things life would be better for everyone. Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement, it means a lot to me. Have a wonderful Christmas and may this year be a great one for you and your family.


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Hi Sandy

Thank you and I really love these lyrics to. Even though Kitty Kallen was a little before my time her song says so much.


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you Abhitheprince, for your kind words, I am so glad you liked my newest hub.


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warm_whispers 5 years ago

little things with respect and care can build a mountain dear... very great hub xoxoxox


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you Warm_Whispers, glad you liked my hub. It is the little things that do make the greatest impact on most us, so yes they can build a mountain.


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jtrader 5 years ago

Honest men will admit that little things mean a lot to them too. Character and care is seen in the little things.


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you Jtrader, that's true character and care is what is most evident in the little things and women also need to be mindful of the little things as well.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Fantastic hub internetwriter62 - I wrote a similar hub a while back. This is such a great topic to write and read.

Love your style, so look for me often. Have a red-letter day!


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thanks so much Vocalcoach for all your kind words. I'm glad you liked it, your comment made my day. I look forward to seeing you.


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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

I really agree! It is the small things that make living and relationships worthwhile.


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thanks HealthyHanna, I'm glad you agree, if only everyone was mindful of small details life would be so much nicer.


shygirl2 5 years ago

Loved the song! : ) It's so true...'little things do mean a lot'. Just the most simple things, can make for a world of difference. Great hub!! Loved your story of your past, as a girl and telling your father what you felt. :D


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you shygirl, I'm glad this hub touched you in such a deep way, I'm glad you like my story from my younger days, not to forgotten. The song was very popular in the fifties and the lyrics are timeless, I'm glad you enjoyed the song, thanks for your kind words.


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poshcoffeeco 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Thanks for following me. You have some interesting hubs there. Look forward to seeing more of your work.


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thanks and I'm glad you find my Hubs interesting.


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

So very true the little things is what counts and from those little things it develops into greater things.

As i always say little things like manners, saying the time of the day to someone is so very important because how can we have a good society when a boss can't tell his staff good morning etc. We will never reach far without saying and doing the little things

Thanks much for sharing ;)


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you so much Ladyjojo, I appreciate your comments because they are not only thoughtful, but very true, it would indeed be a better world if people did not neglect to do those things that do make a difference such as a boss saying good morning to his employees. Yes, you are right manners count in a big way. I wish more people thought that way.

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