We are a small group of mothers who have come together to show our children and community that peace will always prevail. As parents who are building a safe and loving community in Edgewater, we wanted to come together in peace to remember both Mellie and Melisa.
We are raising money for guitars to be donated to the Edgewater Public Library, a place that Mellie and her mother Melisa loved and frequented. Mellie loved music and her guitar lessons which took place at the library. These guitars will be a testament to Mellie's life and her passion for guitar and music. The library currently does not have any guitars. These instruments will allow more children the ability to enjoy and learn music as Mellie did.
I would like to start by thanking all of the donors who made this guitar donation possible. It is with your great generosity that these guitars will touch the hearts of young musicians for years to come. This fundraiser would not have been possible without the tireless support of several women in the room today. Sandy, Irina, Winter and, Anna Maria thank you. The task at hand was not always an easy one and, many times emotions ran high. For your compassion and, bravery I thank you. Thank you to the library for hosting us and, creating a program where a young girl could come and be swept away in her instrument.
A library is a very special place. It accepts everyone and, allows its patrons to become someone else entirely. A character in a good book or, a rock and roll star in a music class.
In the last several days I lost someone very close to me. It has been in his absence that I began reflecting on this guitar program even more deeply. His was a life cut too short as was, Melisa and Mellie's. It is so important to remember those we love and lose. These guitars are a testament to little Mellie and, her vibrant beautiful life. I feel it important to also remember Melisa today. She was an entrepreneur, a breast cancer survivor and, a mother who loved her daughter fiercely. I can feel their smiles in this room.
I know each time a song is learned by a young boy or girl the memory of Melisa and Mellie and, their love for one another will be carried on, not to be forgotten. I would like to close with an excerpt from a poem By; Robert Frost entitled "Birches".
It's when I'm weary of considerations,
And life is too much like a pathless wood
Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs
Broken across it, and one eye is weeping
From a twig's having lashed across it open.
I'd like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
May no fate willfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:
I don't know where it's likely to go better.
I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches
Thank you, Edgewater Remembers.