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Beautiful MidWinter Day

Today was my Father’s Memorial service. My Mom chose to invite old friends, relatives, people who knew and loved my father on a boat ride. In the midst of a gloomy, dark wintery week, the morning dawned bright, clear and bright. The sun made everything crisp and clean, if not warm.

Our guests arrived, and the boat departed. People spoke of my Dad, and told stories about him – how he had influenced their lives, funny stories from his childhood, things they remembered about him. Then we shared a buffet lunch. The weather held. it was a beautiful day.

This is a photo of the freezing fog to the south, and a shadowy Mt. Rainier:

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This is a photo of the Olympic Mountains, in the other direction from Mt. Rainier:

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This is a photo of a boat on Lake Washington – I loved the RED against the neutrals:

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After the boat ride, the family went back to my sister’s house, where I am staying, where we watched a hysterically funny movie, Kung Fu Hustle, and then went out for Thai food. As we were eating dinner, we got a call – my sister’s daughter had just delivered a baby boy!

We celebrated the full circle of life in one day – my father’s passing, a new life, the joy of being all together . . .it’s been a full day.

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December 31, 2006 - Posted by | Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Generational, Lumix, Photos, Relationships, Seattle

5 Comments »

  1. That’s odd! I was out with my family today to the seattle aquarium. And because the weather was sort of exceptionally sunny and clear this morning we could see the Cascade mountain series is usually hidden behind clouds and fog, so we took some pics. I’m not sure about the name, maybe they are the same as Olympic mountains?

    Anyway may your father rest in peace; and congratulations for the new born baby. 🙂

    Comment by UzF | December 31, 2006 | Reply

  2. *edited*
    That’s odd! I was out with my family today to the seattle aquarium. And because the weather was sort of exceptionally sunny and clear this morning we could see the Cascade mountain series which is usually hidden behind clouds and fog, so we took some pics. I’m not sure about the name, maybe they are the same as Olympic mountains?

    Anyway may your father rest in peace; and congratulations for the new born baby. :^)

    Comment by UzF | December 31, 2006 | Reply

  3. Good morning, UzF –
    Seattle is located between two lines of mountain ranges, the one to the east is the Cascades and the one to the west is the Olympics. From the Aquarium, you would most likely see the Olympics, looking out over the Sound towards the islands, on the Olympic Peninsula, and looking toward Lake Washington, you would see the the Cascades off in the distance. The Cascades divide the urban western part of Washington from the rural east.

    It was an amazing day, wasn’t it? Thank you for all your good wishes.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2006 | Reply

  4. A-mazing view. *knocks on wood*

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | January 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. Macaholic – Today was more typical of this time of year – COOOLLLLLDDDDD and rainy, with occasional “sunbreaks”. We were incredibly lucky to have such a good day for my Father’s services.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 2, 2007 | Reply


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