Sunday, June 19, 2011
William Mortimer West
January 15, 1927 ~ December 24, 2007
This collection of memories about my dad, Bill West, has been loving put together as a keepsake for my mother…. his bride of 61 years.
Through My Fathers’ Eyes….
As you read these tear stained pages, soon to be wedded with your own, our hope is that you know, Mother, how very much daddy, grandpa, Pop-Pop & Uncle Bill was and will always be loved by family and friends whom he touched and inspired every day of his 80+ years. From hero to father-figure to surrogate “big-brother” you will find, while reading these precious memoirs, a theme that’s woven itself from the earliest recollections through his very final days. Each holds examples of his infamous humor, unconditional love, inspiration and support. Some memories we share will surprise and delight you; some will tug at your heart and make you yearn to be together again.
He was a serious self taught man with wisdom that came from years of experience and yet he was silly, and fun. Yes, he could irritate the hell out of you too but only for a little while because you’ve come too realized just how far that 18 year old boy had come since you first met.
As a family we’ve all been appreciative that you both found each other and worked so hard to make a life together raising two sons and a daughter who in turn have had the great pleasure of giving back through the addition of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will always honor and respect the wonderful parents you both strived to be.
John and Tom and I have looked through our father’s eyes at a world that he taught us to respect by just the way he lived. An honest businessman with integrity who delighted in what he did because he wanted to be constructive, not destructive. Dad was a proud patriarch who shared in the joy of all the successes of his family and their offspring’s. With his simple dedication to his vegetable and fruit gardens… he taught us to be lovers of things living and growing. His perseverance to take care of what he owned instead of just replacing it when it wore out was a lesson well learned and much appreciated. His silliness made every effort to lighten and entertain even the glummest of strangers and lives still through the laughter and humor we will always share as a family.
Dad had a wonderful sense of being able to spark your imagination and did so with many inventive family projects like “SWRD” and the group Lotto program he spearheaded. His thirst for knowledge wetted my appetite as well as his love of classical music and of course, his creativity…. from the first “Do-nothing” he built for me to the final boat he created for his great-granddaughter Stella and all the clever creations in-between.
I watched as dad’s gentleness grew through the years of joy and sorrow you both shared. I was able to strengthen my spiritual beliefs as we shared our perspective of life and death across Tom’s bed. I was often reminded how lucky a child I was to have him for a father as I watched his love of the grandchildren give him another chance to be the dad he may have wanted to be when we were growing up but didn’t have the time or patience for because he was working so hard to be a provider leaving you, mom, to be the nurturer and cheering squad for us kids. I watched him gently welcome dozens of cats who had no where else to go. And I remember the families he graciously invited into your home, giving them respite on their rough journeys. We all continue to benefit from dad’s willingness to share his business and knowledge with Michael and me. I’m especially thankful and privileged to have been present while Dad continued to evolve into a man of patience and support who portrayed a great strength through Tom’s illness and ultimate passing.
What a blessing to have watched my father fall deeper in love with my mother these last several years. Growing into a man who was unconditionally supportive as they both struggled to be excepting and strong through their trials and tribulations together…. truly a role model to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. What better legacy could he have wanted than to be a true hero to so many?
Mom, you knew dad best…. all his faults… all his triumphs. You will surely miss him the most, as it should be. Just know that we will remember and honor his life as he continues to live in all of us for we are so blessed to continue to look at life through our father’s eyes.
With love and appreciation your daughter…
“Keep a memory of me not as a King or as a hero,
But as a man fallible and flawed.” ~A quote from “Beowulf”
Happy Father's Day daddy... I miss you so much
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
What a simple concept… we’ve all heard it and understand it but do we live by it? Can we embrace the idea and make it part of our every day? I’m going to make it my June mantra and at the end of 30 days I expect it will have impacted both my physical and emotional world in many positive ways.
Start with small steps that can lead to great rewards.
Remember to...... Talk less, learn more. Bark less, wag more. Eat less, more often. Spend less, save more.
Less alcohol, more clarity. Less salt, more vinegar. Less sugar, more fruit. More chewing, less choking. Less worry, more sleep. Less driving, more walking. Less anger, more laughter.
Today I start, "Sitting Less and Moving More" as June marks a new season reminding us that we still have time to continue our journey along the path to a healthier life style.
What will YOU be doing Less of for More results as Spring winds down and we swing into Summer??
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I could not have participated in last years "Relay For Life" if my life had depended on it... this year, thanks to Sparkpeople I can and look forward to honoring all those who have given freely of their time and energy in preparation of this life affirming event.
One day. One night. One community. One Fight.
Our family will be honoring those who have past as well as those living with and having survived cancer while participating in this years' "Relay For Life" in Southern California. Look for our "STRIDING FOR LIFE" booth and get Lots-O-Free-Hugs
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people- to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer; remember loved ones lost to the disease; and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Won't you join us if you live in Orange County California. Or go online and find a location near you.
Event Date and Time
Saturday, May 21, 2011 11AM thru Sunday, May 22, 2011 11AM at
Central Park in Huntington Beach, California
What a great way to get some exercise and spend time with friends and family
Why I relay....... For my grama, for my daddy, for my brother Tom
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