Happy Birthday Abs

by Karmel Larson

Abby’s birthday was on January 29th.  She turned 6 years old.

The song playing with the slide show is a jazz standard that Brigham often plays for Abby.  I cry when we sing these lyrics…

In her own sweet world
Populated by dolls and clowns
and a prince and a big purple bear.
Lives my favorite girl,
unaware of the worried frowns
we weary grown ups all wear.
In the sun she dances to silent music,
songs that are spun of gold
somewhere in her own little head.
Someday all too soon
she’ll grow up and she’ll leave her dolls
and her prince and that silly old bear.
When she goes they will cry
as she whispers, “Good-bye.”
They will miss her I fear
but then so will I.

-Bill Evans, Waltz For Debbie