Dedicated to Shawn Myrick Ryder
There are people here
I’ve never seen
Some, I don’t even know
Why’d Mama drag us all
For this old fashioned family show?
There’s a cousin from Atlanta
An Uncle from L.A.
An Aunt from Richmond
Where’s all these people gonna stay?
And, there’s Grandma Annie
She’s old now but still so sweet
I saw her how she’s smiling
As she watches her family meet.
I remember what she used to say
When I’d spend the night with her
“Family’s all you can depend on
When the storms of life occur!”
She’d say, “Family’s the best and the worst
Of what you’ll ever be…
But, remember one thing, my child
You’re a part of this family tree!”
So, as I look today
At the branches that I see
I pause to thank Grandma
For starting this tree!