With this smile upon my face
No more tears, no more pain
You helped me understand
That love is the answer to all that I am
And I’m a better man since you taught me by sharing your life
YOU ARE THE SUN
YOU MAKE ME SHINE
THAT TWINKLE AT NIGHT
YOU ARE THE MOON
YOU’RE MY DAYTIME, MY NIGHTIME, MY WORLD
YOU ARE MY LIFE!
Your day is finally here! HAPPY SWEET SIXTEEN! Before you go off to celebrate YOU with your family and friends, let’s take time for that last piece of cake. It will only take a few minutes, but, I think it will send you on your way with a smile…and, maybe a tear. We left off WAITING…enough of that!
That’s not you!
Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a (girl)!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
FAME! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that SOME times
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.
Whether you like it or not,
you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
but on you will go
though the weather be foul,
On you will go
On you will go
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And NEVER mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
be your name Buxham or Bixby or Bray
Or Mordecai Ali Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
SO…GET ON YOUR WAY!
Now, that’s the way to begin a birthday. There’s just one more thing. INSPIRATION. For me, inspiration leads to hope and helps me to be braver. Your Daddy does that for me. Whenever I get stuck, or depressed, or scared, or angry, or frustrated…I turn to your Daddy’s beautiful language and I find my way. Darling Paris, my gift to you is words and so I end with words that describe who he was to the world. I know you will feel closeness to them because he was YOUR DADDY and his love lasts forever.
“In the music world, he put on one glove, pulled his pants up and broke down the color curtain where now our African American videos are shown and magazines put us on the cover. It was Michael Jackson that brought Blacks and Whites, Asians and Latinos together. It was Michael Jackson that made us sing WE ARE THE WORLD and feed the hungry long before LiveAid. Because Michael Jackson kept going, he created a comfort level where people that felt they were separated became interconnected with his music. And it was that comfort level that kids from Japan and Ghana and France and Iowa and Pennsylvania got comfortable enough with each other until later it wasn’t strange to us to watch Oprah on TV. It wasn’t strange to watch Tiger Woods play golf. Those young kids grew up from being teenagers, comfortable fans of Michael Jackson, to being 40-year-olds, and being comfortable to vote for a person of color to be President of the United States. MICHAEL DID THAT! Michael made us love each other. Michael taught us to stand with each other. There are those that like to dig around in mess. But, millions around the world…we’re going to uphold his message.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PARIS. GO FOR YOUR DREAMS!
Our love from all around the world!