What song did Tom Hanks sing to his mother (Mercedes Ruehl) as proof her son was alive in Big (1988)? July 11, 2020December 22, 2011 by Pamela Landy Tom Hanks sang “The Way We Were” to his mother (Mercedes Ruehl) as proof her son was alive in Big (1988). Related Answers Who was Tom Jones’s mother in Henry Fielding’s novel? Who was Mother Nature in the Parkay Margarine campaign, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”? What song introduced each episode of “China Beach” (ABC, 1988-91)? Did Mother Goose really exist? Who wrote Tom Brown’s School Days (1857)? In what movie did Doris Day first sing, “Que Sera, Sera”?