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A song in honor of Irmgard Hörmann on her ninetieth birthday.
Irmgard’s Birthday Song
Sung to the tune Dennis (“Blessed be the Tie that Binds”)
Back in the year nineteen sixteen,
The Hörmanns arrived pure and pristine,
With Vati as pastor, Saved the church from disaster
In the state that once had its own queen.
A year passed when Mutter and Vater
Were parents to one tiny daughter
With Bobo, big brother, and Tuti another,
Little Ingi’s life was full of lawf-ter.
In the parsonage standing on Green Street
They ate pickled herring and roast meat,
And with her friend Bappy Her life was quite happy.
They climbed up big trees in bare feet.
Show and Tell was a time to display
Things often to teachers’ dismay
Ingi said she was born So early one morn
On her own Mom and Dad’s wedding day.
At Columbia in Library Science
She studied with fairhful compliance.
From Shaekspeare to Austen, Not yet banned in Boston,
She gained in her own self-reliance.
For years she helped young adults find
Good books to appeal to heir minds.
Perhaps ’twas the Odyssey of books about “Mud-duhs-dey.”
She’s always found just the right kind.
One day when Irmgard was working at the State Library, a patron asked for a book about modesty, so she searched for the perfect book, only to find out that he patron wanted information about Mother’s Day.
And now it is many years later,
Ingi’s now our Mater and Pater.
She’s been around since this (LCH) was found,
So no one could be too much greater.
And unless all the rest of us goof,
By Christmas we’ll hear reindeer hoof,
A-prancing so sprightly With hooves beating lightly
Across Hörmann Courtyard’s new roof!.
And so to our dearest Irmgard,
We give you our deepest regard.
You give us your glory; Don’t stop talking story,
Especially in Hörmann’s Courtyard!
Copyright © 2007 Sylvia Homann-Alper and Lutheran Church of Honolulu
1730 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96822 • 808-941-2566
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