In Memory of Kristin Kay Smith, 10/1/1986 – 12/29/2000

Birthday thoughts (Original poster: Shelly L.) October 2, 2002

Filed under: The forum from the old website — Taryn @ 1:08 am

Although I’ve gone through the motions of a fairly normal day, Kristin has been on my mind since I woke up. Earlier this morning I was looking around the internet to see if I could find an appropriate poem to post here on the occasion of her Sweet 16th. I ran across one that made me think about Kristin in her New Home.

Although not a “birthday poem” exactly, the poem I found was written for Tiny Tim. For those of you who don’t know, Tiny Tim was an entertainer in the 1960’s and 70’s. He had a very unique style and sound. “Tip-Toe Thru The Tulips With Me” was one of his famous songs. Anyway, after I saw this poem, I wanted to find out a little more about his life from his website. Tiny Tim died in 1996 when he was in his mid 60’s. His funeral liturgy booklet says “The most important event in Tiny Tim’s life happened sometime in 1951 when he was 19 years old. Some neighborhood boys invited him to a revival meeting and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. For the rest of his life, he struggled to obey God’s will in every area of his life… Tiny did many things in his life and made many people happy, but the most important thing he ever did was to entrust his life to Jesus Christ. All the fame, wealth, or success in the world could not have gotten Tiny where he is now.”

Here on this earth, Kristin spent a lot of time reading, studying and asking questions. In that respect, she was so much like her dad, John. He knew a lot about everything! Although I’m sad for the rest of us today, I think about John and Kristin celebrating her birthday together. With their mutual thirst for knowledge, I hope they spent the day together, hand in hand, searching out all of the answers to the many questions that just baffle the rest of us…


How many stars are in the sky?
How many blueberries in a pie?
When exactly is ‘by and by’?
Where will the breeze take the butterfly?

How many moonbeams are in the moon?
How many brides in the month of June?
Does the blue-footed booby sing out of tune?
Is the millenium coming soon?

Do grasshoppers dance with katydids?
Do octopuses shake hands with squids?
Can happiness travel where hope forbids?
Did aliens build the pyramids?

Do all rivers everywhere run to the sea?
Do daffodils dwell in harmony?
How many days in eternity?
How many leaves on a lemon tree?

How many lemurs can leap on a limb?
Do mermaids sing louder than seraphim?
When will the stars blink and slowly grow dim?

Oh, the answers are clear as a silver bell
As clear as the depths of a wishing well:
The angels know, but they won’t tell
They’ll never, ever, ever tell.



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