"But mama, I want a daddy!" her little voice pleaded. "Can't we find him and tell him to come home?"
"We'll see, Merry D," her mother said glancing away from Aunt Rose's questioning look.
"I'm not ready yet!" she told her Aunt later that evening as they sat together. "Maybe sometime--."
"Why don't you write to him Syd. Tell him about Merry D. He has a right to know he has a daughter. Don't you ever wonder if he came back?"
"Of course, I've thought of him," Syd said sadly, smoothing her waved hair that had sprung out into loose curls again. "Ma said she had heard that he lives in the Dakotas somewhere."
Syd missed her piano. Her fingers ached to play again, but now her dream was to buy a accordion. She had painstakenly saved up money over the years and one day she set out to shop. She had studied the ads and knew what she wanted. And inside the music store she stood and looked around in awe. She finally decided on a shiny red and white one. Inlaid with pearl and it was beautiful. It took her breath away as she held it and ran her fingers over the keys and heard the sweet sounds.
"Now I want another instument for my daughter," she said smiling at the clerk, "and it needs to be red too." Syd found what she had in mind and proudly paid for her purchases, then splurged on a taxi to get her purchases home.
Her heart busrst with pride as she helped Merry D open her present. And as she laid the shiny new guitar in her lap, Merry D shrieked, excitedly, "Oh mama, is this really for me?"
"Yes, my darling," Syd announced proudly. "And I'll teach you to play it and we'll have great fun together." And soon the little pink house was alive with music to go along with their songs.
"Mama, come and see Auntie." Merry D 's six year old voice came from Roses's room one morning as Syd was cooking breakfast. The rich aroma of bacon, eggs and coffee wafted through the house.
"Merry D, tell Auntie breakfast is ready and then come down sweetie."
"But mama, Auntie won't wake up," Merry D's small voice came back plaintively.
Syd had dished up their plates and poured a cup of coffee for herself. She sat down to wait for them, leasurely enjoying the few momments.
Aunt Rose is getting a little slower, she reminded herself patiently. and she has looked tired lately too. Suddenly alarmed she stood up.
"Mama," the child's voice came again. "Auntie is still asleep. She won't open her eyes and talk to me." Merry D's voice floated down from the hallway again. Then she said softly, " I think she's gone to heaven."
Syd dropped her cup on the table and flew upstairs to her Aunt's room.
"Aunt Rose, Auntie. Oh no!"
Syd rubbed her hands and shook her gently, but Rose didn't move.