A song and a letter for Georgia for her fourth birthday

Dear Georgia,

Tomorrow is your fourth birthday. Happy birthday, sweet child!

You’ve asked for a “purple birthday party” because purple is your favorite color.

You love purple dresses and purple shoes. You also adore purple butterflies and your purple butterfly necklace.

And of course, your mommy is making you a purple birthday cake.

Your love of the color purple is just one of the many things that make you such a special person. Not red, not green, not yellow or blue but only purple will do for your special day.

Over the last twelve months, we’ve watched you grow from a toddler into a “big girl.” And as you’ve grown, you’ve started to talk more and more about the things that interest you. Astronauts, ballet, cooking, and music are just a handful of the things that you are curious about.

But the most wonderful thing we’ve watched over this last year is how much you care about the people in your life. The other day, you heard me cry out in pain after I stubbed my toe in the foyer of our home: you ran to me and said, “daddy, daddy, are you okay?” And you didn’t return to playing in the living room until you were convinced that I was alright.

You’re always looking out for your sister, Lila, whom you shower with affection. And the mothers of other children at your school often tell us how much their kids like you. I know that’s because you care about other people’s feelings, not to mention the fact that you are so much fun to play with.

Of all things about you that give us so much joy, it’s that empathy that makes me the most proud. Some day I hope to teach you about some of the things I love, like music, poetry, and art. But in the meantime, you’ve shown me that caring about the ones you love is the greatest gift you can give them. Not a day goes by that you don’t amaze me by what you teach me.

I wrote you a song this year for your birthday. It’s about how you get mad at me sometimes when I have to go away for work. As cross as you get, you always run to greet me and give me a hug when I come home from a business trip. It’s the best feeling in the world.

I love you sweet girl and I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday with you tomorrow.

Georgia Ann, please take my hand
And take a walk with me girl
Georgia Ann please understand
I want to talk with you girl

I’ve been gone for way too long
And I have missed your smiling face
I can’t stand to go another day
Without the thought of your embrace (put your arms around me)

Georgia Ann, please understand
I didn’t mean to make you feel this way
Georgia Ann, your wish is my command
But there’s something that I got to say

Hear me out and please don’t pout
I know that you didn’t want me to go
Let me sing and let me shout
Because I want the world to know (how he feels about you)

Georgia Ann, please understand
It’s been so hard to be away

I have traveled the whole wide world
But I can’t wait to get back to my sweet, sweet girl

I am so glad you’re my Georgia Ann
I am so glad that I’m a family man

Georgia Ann, I’ve been a lonely man
Since I said goodbye to mommy and you
I had to go away for my workadays
But you know that’s what daddy’s do

I want you know that I will always be here
To catch you if you fall
And when you need me for anything
All you got to do is call

Georgia Ann, please understand
There is something I’ve got to say

I have traveled the whole wide world
But I can’t wait to get back to my sweet, sweet girl

I am so glad you’re my Georgia Ann
I am so very glad to be your dad

jeremy parzen

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