We could not have picked a better day to Celebrate Dad’s life the weather was perfect ~ sunny, warm, with a gentle breeze. We choose a Stone Pine, a strong sturdy tree, at Hesperia Lake Park. His tree is centrally located between the Lake, the Soccer Fields, and the Val Shearer Equestrian Arena representing the various aspects of his life.
Dad loved everything to do with the outdoors. Growing up in England he played soccer (football as it is known there), swam, rode horses, camped and fished. In California he not only liked swimming at the various beaches he loved to scuba dive. He also enjoyed riding horses, fishing, hiking, skiing and camping sharing his enthusiasm with all of us.
We enjoyed a family picnic followed by a small tribute to Dad. Mom told funny stories of how they met, and how they chose to come to USA. My sister and I told of our fond memories. Shortly after his Great Grand Daughter, Brilynn, read the poem If Tears could build a Stairway then his Grandson, Kyle, read the poem Butterflies.
Keeping with Dad’s earth friendly lifestyle lessens we choose to release butterflies ~ which are symbolic of the changes in life. We had no idea that releasing the butterflies would be the highlight of the day. All the kids, young and old enjoyed them. Dustyn’s was the first to take flight while Ashtyn’s lingered for hours capturing his heart. He “loved” his butterfly. The remainder of the day was embraced with the comfort and warmth of family togetherness and love.