S: "Angel Wings" In Loving Memory of Erica Marie Simpson
BC: Erica Marie Simpson October 18, 1975 - September 6, 2008
FC: "Angel Wings" In Loving Memory of Erica Marie Simpson
1: " Angel Wings " Dedicated to Lauren Erica Ryan, in Loving Memory of her Aunt, Erica Marie Simpson. Written by Beth Hoagland on October 19, 2008
2: There once was born a lovely child with golden hair, who always smiled.
3: Into her mother's arms she came, and Erica was this young girl's name.
4: As Erica grew, she longed to fly. One day, she knew she'd touch the sky!
5: For many years she studied books, and hours of lessons Erica took.
6: The day came that she'd fly alone; she'd fly an airplane on her own!
7: Her teacher watched, she got inside. The plane took off, and up it climbed.
8: With strength and grace, she swept up high and lingered in the clear, blue sky.
9: This was where she wanted to be, among the birds, where she felt free!
10: When Erica finally reached the ground, her teacher asked her to turn around.
11: Into her shirt, he cut a hole, and said her wings needed room to grow!
12: So, Erica stretched her wings and flew, and stronger with each flight they grew.
13: (Of course, we know of no such things as pretty girls with angel wings!)
14: Erica flew across the land, from ocean to lake, from mountain to sand.
15: She fluttered here, and soared over there, flying airplanes through the air.
16: Each person she met over all those miles was touched by her spirit and warmed by her smile.
17: All who met this friendly girl could see her light that brightened the world.
20: One morning, Erica got inside an airplane for a short, quick ride.
21: Onward she rose, and upward she climbed, just as she'd done so many times.
22: Then, low she swooped, but she never did land... though her plane came to rest in the desert sand.
23: Erica rose in the silent sky, and found that her wings could finally fly!
24: Erica had family and hundreds of friends, but her time on earth had come to an end.
25: She wouldn't return to the world she'd known; she'd fly up to Heaven, to find her new home!
26: Her smile beamed brightly through billowing clouds. Her heart was full, and her spirit was proud.
27: Perhaps there are such wonderous things as pretty girls with angel wings!
28: Just as Erica reached for the sky, reach for your dreams, no matter how high!
29: Give hugs, and kisses, and plenty of smiles, for you are also a lovely child!