Happy Birthday, Grandpa Bill!
It has been a busy day full of service and chores and family fun, and now I am working at the hotel, hoping you've had a wonderful day. Even though we didn't get to call you today, I hope you know we were busy doing things you could be proud of.
On my way to work I was listening to the radio (Saturday is my favorite day on NPR: Car Talk, Wait-Wait-Don't-Tell-Me, This American Life, Midnight Special, Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered Weekend Edition, and The Thistle & Shamrock). I heard the most beautiful song on the "Family Folk" edition of Midnight Special. It brought tears to my eyes and I looked it up when I got here. Even though it's about expecting a baby, it reminded me of my whole family tree, all of us branches and sprouts, and you, the trunk...and all the things we've handed down.
The Things We've Handed Down
by Marc Cohn (performed by John Gorka)
Don't know much about you
Don't know who you are
We've been doing fine without you
But, we could only go so far
Don't know why you chose us
Were you watching from above
Is there someone there that knows us
Said we'd give you all our love?
Will you laugh just like your mother
Will you sigh like your old man
Will some things skip a generation
Like I've heard they often can
Are you a poet or a dancer
A devil or a clown
Or a strange new combination of
The things we've handed down
I wonder who you'll look like
Will your hair fall down and curl
Will you be a mama's boy
Or daddy's little girl
Will you be a sad reminder
Of what's been lost along the way
Maybe you can help me find her
In the things you do and say
And these things that we have given you
They are not so easily found
But you can thank us later
For the things we've handed down
You may not always be so grateful
For the way that you were made
Some feature of your father's
That you'd gladly sell or trade
And one day you may look at us
And say that you were cursed
But over time that line has been
Extremely well rehearsed
By our fathers, and their fathers
In some old and distant town
From places no one here remembers
Come the things we've handed down.
Thank you for all the good things you have handed down to me and now my children. We feel so blessed and we're all so glad you were born!
Love, The Melins
Heidi's face in this picture just kills me everytime I look at it...that's how I feel everytime I hug my Papa!
I am so happy that my kids will always remember picking oranges with Papa Bill! For months we waited for James to smile again the way he smiled for Great Grandpa and Grandma when he was only a month old. Grandpa was always the Baby Whisperer!