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A Dream Is A Wish
Dedicated to My brother,JERRY&husband,JOHN

Submitted by Kathy

Jerry and I lived in a small town in Colorado. Jerry was 4 years older, had Down's syndrome, and was the sweetest and kindest person you could ever know, and the greatest brother, always watching over and protecting me, his little sister. Jerry loved music,and played his records and tapes, often singing along, pretty much 24/7. He especially loved Walt Disney, particularly Snow White (Some Day My Prince Will Come) and Cinderella (A Dream Is A Wish), and Elvis Prestley, his favorite album being Blue Hawaii, which he often would play for hours at a time! It was at that time that I developed my great love for Hawaii, and a longing to someday go there.

Some years later, Jerry was placed in a residental vocational center, miles away, because our schools were unable to accommodate handicapped children and because, as our parents had divorced, Mother had to work full time and was unable to provide constant supervision for Jerry. This was a very sad time, which I somehow managed to block from my memory.

Though always feeling very insecure, I continuted to hold fast to and believe in my dreams and, when in high school, to my greatest joy and amazement, my fondest dream had come true! I met my prince charming, John, who was stationed, by the USAF, at the Strategic Air Command unit just outside of town. We were married in August of 1966 and, following John's discharge from the service shortly thereafter, moved to his native California and began establishing our careers.

Mother passed away in 1979, and I subsequently obtained guardianship of Jerry, and he thereafter flew to California to spend twice yearly vacations with us. Jerry adored John and vice versa, and it was so wonderful being able to spend time with him again after all those years we had missed! We both looked forward to his visits, especially at Christmas because Jerry made it so extra special!!

When Jerry passed away in April of 2001, I was deeply depressed, had trouble sleeping and cried daily for months. I was dreading the arrival of Christmas, not knowing how I would get through it without Jerry. Then, a miracle happened! My prince charming asked if I would like to spend that Christmas in Hawaii!! I couldn't believe it!! Though sure that I must be dreaming, I didn't hesitate to say YES? My second second fondest dream was really going to come true also!

I will never forget my first sights of Hawaii!!! It was everything I had dreamed it would be, if not more!! I had never seen so much beauty, and I suddenly found no more time for self-pity! I had so much to be thankful for! Then one evening close to Christmas, while listening to a Hawaiian all boys choir, I could feel Jerry still watching over me and smiling, and in my mind I could hear us singing together, as we so many times had, "A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches, whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true."

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