Mary Joan Dolan
Ada, I always loved having you in the Catskills at the Irish Arts Week and seeing you participate in all of the singing that they did and noticing how fast you picked up the words of the songs. I liked you singing that song, "I'll Tell Me Ma," and I remember you sang it at Deirdre's wedding. You were spot on on the words. I remember teaching you a song called "Phil the Fluter." I remember you up in Deposit with Grandpa and me and giving you some basic Irish dance lessons, which you seemed to enjoy. I wonder if that had anything to do with your love of the theater, and your achievements. I remember buying you dresses with big skirts on them and I remember you and Eilis twirling in those dresses at a ceili in the Catskills one year. And when we went out the next day and you didn't have your twirly dress you tried so hard in the dress you were wearing before you finally gave up and said, "It doesn't spin!" You were very upset. I hope you wear a twirly skirt to your party and every party for the rest of your many years. I love you.