Last night we had a service at Sagamore beach to applaud the life of whale. This blog has become a lifeline to my Dad. In our cape house there is a table in the kitchen that my dad would sit at and plan his day. Each morning we gather around the same table and plan our day. It the midst of planning one of us will open the computer and began to read aloud with tears and laughter the whale tales you have shared with us and the world. We are astounded by all the layers there was to my dad.
The days that pass are surreal. Each of us will pause for a moment as we try to go back to a somewhat “normal” life, and think that my dad will walk, no waddle, around the corner at that moment. Last night we were telling stories fully expecting him to open the door and stop us. It is as if we all are waiting for this bad dream to end.
Growing up in McKinney my dad was my youth soccer coach. He was one of the best coaches I ever had, but we only won 4 games in 4 years. Even so the games were always fun, and I can still remember the special positions he created so each person got a turn. There was the middle man, the monster man, the circle man, and rover. He knew how to make a boy feel like they were the best player in the world. He knew how to make a person feel like they were unique. As a team, we were inspired to take on the world.
This morning I realized he is watching us from heaven, coaching us all as we go. He has given each family member and friend a funny name, a special task, or a story to share. In the memorial service yesterday I shared through tears that I will miss my dad most because my sons will never get to know him. But I had realized that each son or daughter of whale has become taken on the best parts of my dad. Kari has taken on his leadership and inspirational skills. Lead on Kari. Kijsa is able to put on paper the beauty and wonder of our world. Kijsa keep painting the dreams and hopes of dad. Whitney is able to express the thoughts of my dad through arts like drama and writing. Whitney continue to inspire the world with the drama of life. Stephen has become the student and scientist, always question and challenge in the search for truth. Stephen continue to search in honor of dad. I have been given his name, and if you are junior or senior you understand the bond that this brings to us all. We are the team that he has inspired to take on the world together. What are you going to do today to take on the world, and inspire others? Allow my dad to live on in your actions.