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She was dressed in a pink frilly frock,

With a yellow band on her hair.

She was going to be seven,

Everything seemed to go her way.

It was her birthday today.

She had a pink birthday cake,

With Mickey and Minnie Mouse,

It had seven Smarties

And white sugared ice.

When the presents came,

She was so surprised,

She tore the wrappers up with glee,

And it seemed that her face radiated with a glow,

This was a moment of pure happiness and joy.

After the guest had left,

And she was tucked up in bed,

She said a prayer that everyday would be like this,

Full of fun, laughter, sweets, presents and cake

But most of all she wanted everyday

To be filled with happiness.

She looks at faded photographs and sees her smiling face

The smile so radiant and so sweet,

The innocent looks, the wishful thinking,

The hopeful heart and the daydreaming.

She remembered the days of pink dresses and yellow hair bands

Of Mickey and Minnie, sweets and candy.

Of days running around the park,

Swinging high on swings,

Nothing to worry about,

Just dreaming dream.

Flowers in her hair

Dolls and teddies, picnics in the park,

Colouring books and blowing bubbles in the air.

Everything is different now

Nothing is the same.

Many things have happened to colour her years,

Patches of black in her rainbow of life

She looks at the photos again and closes her eyes,

Tries to remember the days when things were simple,

And for a brief moment,

She is in her yellow hair band and her pink frilly dress

Making birthday wishes

Of everlasting happiness...