Christine Suhré is a Writer/ Illustrator
living in New York. Christine attended
The School of Visual Arts, then worked commercially in Advertising and Design
for several years. In 1997, she was
presented with the first award ever
given for her creative work with children from the Southern California Child Care Resource Center in Los Angeles.
She and her husband have 3 children and many pets.
Lily White's Party
Copyright ©2016 Christine Garza
The memory of my mom telling me to, "go get ready for Lily White’s Party" each night as a child, rings with a sentimental comfort in my head.
I was on the phone with a friend, late one evening, when I heard her say through the line that she, “has to go get ready for Lily White’s Party.” I almost fell off my chair, realizing I hadn’t heard that phrase in fifty years! When my own mom would say it to me, it meant that it was time for bed. Hearing my friend say it, sent me back to my childhood, and on a mission until the sun came up, to find out the origin of this magical phrase.
With the help of the internet and Google, I was able to find out that a man wrote the original poem of Lily White around the turn of the 20th century. He had a daughter who disliked having to go to bed at night and the poem promised that she would attend a most wondrous party when she fell asleep. Upon waking up, she would have no recollection of her adventures, but every night she would be able to revisit the party and look forward to the exciting events.
I decided to write my own poem, with my own childhood visions, about Lily White’s Party and help to make the idea of going to bed exciting for young girls and boys everywhere.
Simply going to sleep makes a child feel as if they are missing out on something in the real world, but knowing a marvelous party awaits their arrival makes any child quick to count sheep.