Saturday, April 7, 2012

Day 98 of 365

Picture with me if you can, A little girl in a younger land
Running, playing, laughing Growing stronger
Now the aging limbs have failed, And the rosy cheeks are paled
Look behind the lines till you remember

She’s still the same girl, Flying down the hill
She’s still the same girl, Memories vivid still
Listen to her story, And her eyes will glow
She’s still the same girl, And she needs you so

Picture with me if you will, A long white dress and a wedding veil
Two young dreamers pledge their love together
Now her lifelong friend is gone, And she spends her days alone
Look behind the lines till you remember

She’s still the same girl, Walking down the aisle
She’s still the same girl, With the shining smile
Listen to her story, And her eyes will glow
She’s still the same girl, Same girl

She’s still the same girl, Wiser for the years
She’s still the same girl, Stronger for the tears
Listen to her story, And your heart will glow
She’s still the same girl, And we need her so
She’s still the same girl, And she needs you so



Twila Paris


Today is my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. Even though my Dad has been in heaven since 1998, I wanted to take time to celebrate their lives together and their love. He called her Stinky, She called him Jer, they met in Burkhardt, Wisconsin and started dating when Dad was a Senior and Mom was a Freshman. She carried yellow roses in her bouquet. Their first home was a rental house in Hudson, then they purchased a trailer and lived next door to my Maternal Grandparents back in Burkhardt. My oldest brother was born in '63, my middle brother in '66. In 1970 they purchased a Manufactured home just down the street from where they were living just up from the Willow River. Then in the fall of 1973 a huge change came into their lives, ME! 


In the fall of '75 my dad was transferred to St. Louis, Missouri and we moved to a lovely home in Fenton, a St. Louis suburb. 


Dad was with us for another 23 years before he went home to be with God. He battled non small cell lung cancer, but he was able to see me graduate from Webster University (May 1998) with a vocal music degree,  his 5th grand child after he was born July 1998), and see the Green Bay Packers win their 3rd Super Bowl trophy in 1997. (We know they went to the Super Bowl in 1998 but we don't like to think of the outcome.)


My parents are my heroes. There is so much more to their story and maybe someday I will share more of it, but they have been through so many ups and downs, good times and bad, but in the end of Dad's life here on Earth they were together and one day they will be reunited in heaven. 


So today we celebrate 50 years of life, love and happiness....


I love you Mom and Dad
Musicsongbird