It’s me, Phyllis Wright, the heart lady
I am at the ripe old age of 93.
Thank you for such a long and healthy life
I was once a child, then a young woman
I became a loving mother and devoted wife.
You blessed me with a beautiful family,
Two smiling boys and a bright eyed girl
Their little arms wrapped around my neck
Were more precious than a priceless pearl
You gave me grandchildren and great-grandchildren too.
They are the chocolate chips in my life. Who knew?
A special added bonus for the long-lived few
Thank you, Lord! Thank you!
Several states I have called home
How fortunate for me
I enjoyed good times in
New York, Florida and Tennessee
Brooklyn was my home base
Long Island not in my plan
But I fell in love with Fred
In 1946 I married my man.
It was in Hicksville that it all began.
Off it was to Hunter
Many summers spent there.
Rented cabins to many travelers and
Charged them a meager fare
My children and I enjoyed the country air.
Went swimming in the Schoharie creek
Basked in the summer sun
We had no cell phone, internet or TV
But we still had lots of fun.
Toasted marshmallows by the campfire glow
Played a game or two of Po-Ke-No
Or to the movies we would go.
Homemade pizza in the pans
Prepared by Nan and Joe’s magic hands
Oh, what a special treat!
Call the family to take a seat
The pizza’s hot
Come on, let’s eat!
Retired years upon us
Cold and snow to our dislike
Two snowbirds from NY
Travel on Florida’s Turnpike.
Our destination is Hudson
On the Sunshine State’s west coast
To our newly purchased villa
The home I love the most.
On my 80th birthday
I was with my grandson Drew
He took me to get my birthday present
A red heart tattoo!
My daughter nearly fainted
In astonishment for what I had done
My 14 year old granddaughter wanted a blue one!
In my twilight years I arrived at Park Place.
When you’re in your nineties you need a slower pace
Enjoyed a Mother’s Day Tea
With all my “daughters” and me
Posed for a picture on Elvis’ knee
Saw a classic car show for free
Went with the ladies on a shopping spree
I think about all the good friends I have made along the way
Special to me they all are today.
I have traveled to many places
So much to do and see
The rainbow in Kentucky
Is my dearest memory
I saw Ron’s smiling face gazing down upon me.
Thank you, Lord, for Frank Sinatra.
My favorite singer as you well know
To all his concerts I would surely go.
I could sing and dance to his music all night
Until I saw the morning light
And as “Ole Blue Eyes” might have said
When he was on his final bed
That’s Life! I did it My Way!
And Lord I sure enjoyed life’s ride
With you beside me as my guide.
A sincere word of gratitude must be extended to the entire staff of Alive Hospice Nashville for their warm and comforting presence and the precious care given to Phyllis during her last days. Not one act of kindness went unnoticed, and we as a family are greatly appreciative.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice of Nashville at www.alivehospice.org/support-us/donations
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