This picture was taken at Capitol Reef, UT, USA in 2007.
Dad really enjoyed the outdoors. He was at his happiest when he was out and about. He loved the scenery. He enjoyed walking (obviously before he got ill). He would always look at something and say "Look at that vista Val". He loved to tell me that it wasn't as beautiful as Hull. :)
I am reminded of a memory that happened in the 90's. My Mom and Dad, Rebecca and Jared lived in Loa, UT when I lived in Dallas, TX.
Dad was in his car and asked Jared if 'it was clear'. He was wanting to back up and wanted to know if there was anything behind him. Jared saw that it was clear and said "Yes". Dad backed up ..........right into a rock. He got out the car to investigate and couldn't understand why Jared had said it was clear. They were in the 'middle of nowhere' and Jared didn't think to let Dad know there was a rock there, he was looking for cars.
We didn't let Dad or Jared forget it. We loved that memory and always had a good laugh talking and thinking about it.
I am so grateful I am feeling my Dad's presence. He has always been a great man and has helped me with many things in my life. My friend Krista, cut my hair this morning and we were talking about our Dads. Her Dad is suffering with Alzheimers and we were both sharing memories and thoughts. It is such a peaceful feeling to know that there is a life after this one and one day we will all be reunited.
Today has been the first day I haven't spoken to my Mom in a L-O-N-G time. She didn't answer the phone so I knew they were most likely running errands. Jared and his family flew to England from South Africa. I am so used to my Mom answering the phone every time I call. I really missed speaking with her today. My heart aches for her. I am missing Dad so much that I can't even bear to imagine how she must be feeling. How I look forward to seeing her next week.
"We love you Dad"