From Our Mailbox 5-9-11 |

From Our Mailbox 5-9-11

Dear Editor: Baxter Black’s “On the Edge of Common Sense” column in the May 2 edition must have brought some solace to many readers, as it did me.

My wife, Carol Ann, was a victim of Alzheimer’s also. But I found help for both of us at Eldergarden Adult Day Care Center, in Greeley, Colo. She enjoyed being there five days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., where she received care from their dedicated and capable staff. That also gave me some relief from the chores Baxter described. It also permitted us to be together in our home evenings, nights and weekends.

Carol and I enjoyed country western music. One our favorite composer/musicians was Kirs Kristofferson. His song “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends” was the one being played by the band on the occasion of our first dance together.

So, following the thoughts of that song, and her second birthday after her death, I composed a song in her memory. Bellow is a copy of the words. (I play by ear, so the tune isn’t on paper.)

Maybe someone will get some comfort from it.

Carol’s Birthday Song


Here I am to wish you Happy Birthday,

And to tell you how I miss you still,

And to say I hope that you are happy,

‘Cause I love you and always will!

Every time I pass by your picture,

I remember good times along the way,

And the things that we enjoyed together,

As we will again some bright and shiny day!

So, I hope to greet you there in heaven,

Where we’ll join our hands once again,

And we’ll spend eternity together,

Then our story, our love will never end!


George Acker

Greeley, Colo.

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