silent sunday: his last wish

My father’s last spoken wish to me was to come with us to the Grand Tetons and to Yellowstone. He would never have the chance to see it again, through his own eyes. But he saw it through mine, and through the eyes of his grandchildren.

We left a little of him behind, too, in three places that felt right.

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Tower Falls area, Yellowstone National Park

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Soda Butte, in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

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Lupine Meadows, in Grand Teton National Park

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir, 1938

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4 Responses to “memories of eggnog, and creating joy”

  1. Jennifer Hess — December 21, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Wishing your whole family a very happy holiday – and I hope I get to hug you again in 2013. xo

  2. Paula — December 21, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    I hope and pray that your father-in-law recovers. You and your family not only deserve to have things *lightened up* but you need it. Take good care, enjoy your time away from work and especially enjoy all the moments with your children and extended family.
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and may the holiday and the coming year hold much hope and peace for you.

  3. Macaroni Mama — December 21, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    I loved this post. You bring back memories I had forgotten about…eggnog.

  4. Wishing you all a peaceful holiday season and here’s hoping your father in law recovers soon. I had some family drama just last week too – so I totally understand how that can impact what should be a joyous season. My story had a happy ending, here’s hoping yours does too. Much love and many hugs, especially to Maddie and Oliver XOXOX

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