From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

January 28

My friend Rita celebrated her fifty-fifth birthday on January 28, 1998. Forty-five years earlier she was scheduled to be on the local T-Bar V television show, but months before the big event, social workers came to her home and removed her and her brothers from an environment deemed unacceptable for children. The years went by and Rita grew up, married and had her own child, who also grew up.

At age 54 she finally told a friend about the painful parts of her history. The friend suggested she write Randy Atcher of the T-Bar V show and tell him how much it would mean to get a birthday card from him.

The mail came on her birthday, but no card. Rita was at her son’s house for a birthday dinner when the doorbell rang. Randy Atcher walked through the door.

Rita shed tears of joy as her daughter-in-law brought out a huge cake while Randy sang the T-Bar V birthday song:

“Happy, happy Birthday from all of us to you.

“Now you’ll have happy birthdays all your life through.”

And Rita knew the words of the song were true. At last.

Marie Bunce

It is never too late to live out one’s dream.

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