Sing a song for Audrey, honor your bright spirit

At the end of May, after a short bout with pneumonia, I lost my dear mother. She would’ve celebrated her 80 on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

My mother had a big personality and when I was younger, I did not have a sense of where she ended and where I began, in part because we looked very much alike. I have very large brown eyes and, as she reminded me often, “you are lucky you got my great hair”.

Later in life, I found my own tastes, voice, ideas and yet, I am who I am and do the work I do because of her unending positivity and constant encouragement to have dreams and be creative. Fortunately, I was able to tell her this before she passed and express my gratitude in words and in song.

On her 60th birthday, I sang a song I wrote for her with my niece, Katya Raffensperger who was 6 at the time. I was looking forward to singing to her on her 80th but instead, I am sharing it here so those that knew her can sing along and those that did not, can know her wonderful spirit better:

Portrait of Audrey taken by my talented sister, photographer Marissa Rose Donnellan

Mom’s Song
Audrey, you taught me
How to be a true friend
How to make nightmares
have fairytale ends

Audrey, you taught me
Give children respect
To be a great parent
one must reconnect

With home again, home again, jig a di jig
Home again, home again, jig a di jig

Audrey, you taught me
The city can be kind
With art and azaleas
and excitement to find

Then home again, home again jig a di jig
Home again, home again, jig a di jig

Audrey, you taught me
To be brave and take risks
To travel and learn
Ride my bike along cliffs

So thank you for all the times that you’d say…
“Oh, have I told you I love you today?”

Audrey, you showed me in so many ways and
I love you too, so don’t ever change…

Sing home again, home again, jig a di jig
Home again, home again, jig a di jig

I hope you find some time in your day today, and always, to do something kind and unexpected for someone else, not just in Audrey’s honor, but also to honor your own bright spirit. 

Love,

Laurel

 

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