Satchmo Sang Him Home

An unexpected rendition of her father's favorite song reassures a grieving daughter.

Posted in , Apr 9, 2013

A Father's Day card that speaks of a "wonderful world"

Father’s Day cards were taped to the wardrobe in the hospice room. As he came through the door, my brother, Doug, brushed one open. It was a musical card, and Doug quickly pressed it shut before it disturbed Dad. I glanced at him in his bed, fast asleep.

“Let’s tape this closed,” Doug said, “or it might bother him.”

“But it plays his favorite song,” I said. “He might enjoy hearing it.” Doug had helped his kids pick out the card for that reason. They knew how much their granddad loved Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”

“We should give Dad and ourselves a break,” my husband, Celso, said. “The card plays every time someone passes that wardrobe.” Doug and Celso taped the card shut.

A few days later we all stood near as Dad passed from this life. The room was still and quiet. Then suddenly there was music. “I see trees of roses too. I see them bloom...for me and you. And I think to myself...what a wonderful world.”

How could the card play when it was still taped shut? We knew we’d been sent a clear, comforting message from the wonderful world where Dad was now.

Listen to Louis Armstrong sing Cyndy's dad's favorite song!


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