It was our last perfect day together, a wonderful Saturday in April.

We went to a birthday party, where music was made,

Making music

smiles were shared,


and cuddles were plenty.

Maddie and her dad

the last picture of us together

there were bubbles

Maddie & Bubbles

and deep thoughts.

my sweet wonderful girl

We later went to a park, where we basked in the sun,

her beautiful curls

and yelled at ducks, “bay bee duh!”

WHAT are those ducks DOING?

On Sunday, she had a bit of a cough, so we canceled our plans. On Monday, she went to the doctor, and then the hospital. On Tuesday, three days after our perfect day, our Madeline was gone.