EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 12
Ashley Marie Wexler was born on Labor Day, l987. Ashley is
tiny and delicate with thick auburn hair, big blue eyes, a round
face, a tiny nose, and long, tapered fingers. She lives in a
garden apartment in
crib, and already possesses countless toys and a large
wardrobe of pink, ruffled dresses, hats, sweaters and booties.
I have four sons and three grandsons. Ashley Marie is my
Some day I'll take her to the park and we'll pick daisies
and dandelions, watch the birds, and feed the squirrels. I'll
sit on a park bench, take her on my lap, and tell her a story
about how "Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in
several big buildings in
"The little girl owned three dresses, and they weren't
pretty like your dresses. They were hand-me-downs. The little
girl had very few toys, and only one doll.
"But she was taught to understand that life was precious.
She learned from her parents, the books she never tired of
reading, and from teachers in the schools and friends on the
streets of the Beautiful Bronx.
"Her parents are dead, and the
But she learned well, because the love remains with her and is
growing. She plans to share that love with you, Ashley."
Vote for this poem