A site dedicated to a beautiful little angel who was taken too soon
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July 22, 1995 - July 13, 1999
All dressed up in jewelry and high heels
She gave us a glimspe of the woman she might be.
For her, we had lofty plans and ideals,
All dreams we would never see.
She touched our lives with sweetness and grace,
She brought rays of sunshine to each day.
We lived to see the smile on her face,
We never thought she'd be taken away.
Those charged with her protection
Took her from the world that night,
We wonder, upon reflection,
What gave them that right?
Anger seesaws with sadness,
Strength dissolves into tears.
What kind of terrible madness
Robbed her of so many years?
Now all we can do is long for her smile
And ache for her touch,
Thinking all the while,
"I didn't know I could hurt this much."
Our angel is forever safe,
Lying in the arms of her Lord.
I know he holds our little waif,
Because it's written in His word.
Pink houses and a little girl's play,
I know someday I'll hold her again.
How I long for that glorious day
When Bethanie says "Grandma, where have you been?"
On July 13, 1999 my granddaughter Bethanie was brutally beaten to death by her step-father. She had been starved and denied medical care. Although her mother and step-father are now in prison, this will not bring Bethanie back. If you suspect child abuse or neglect is happening to a child you know, get help now, because tomorrow may be too late.
The poem "Pink Houses" was written shortly following Bethanie's murder. My father had an unpainted shed that Bethanie and her sister Chelsea spent the day playing house in. Bethanie told me that she was going to paint it pink, with pink carpet, pink curtains, pink chairs, and pink potties. There would be two of everything because Chelsea was going to live there, too. I will never forget the imagination and joy in her face that day, thus the inspiration for the poem.
This page was last updated on: March 14, 2013
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