- Married to Nick for 13 years, with 2 children; Sabrina - 12 and Dominic - 11. I am a girlfriend through and through in that I love girly things and anything that celebrates the essence of being a woman. I love vintage, shabby chic, the country and try my best to do my bit for the environment. SO yes...we have 3 bins in our house and try our best to recycle! I believe that with everything in life, the closer we stick to nature, the better off we'll be. I would love to have a balance in life, but have learnt that balance is not always possible, so strive for significance instead, in the hopes that that will be just as meaningful, and the rest will hopefully follow.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A final goodbye....Dad and Mom Stemp
As this is more a journal of sorts than anything else, today's entry is more on a personal note, as it saw the end of a very significant chapter in the life of our family, which needs to be documented. This entry is dedicated to my Father and Mother in Law, who's ashes were scattered this morning, in the sea in front of the Salt Rock Hotel.
Dad and Mom, Pampa and Aya...knowing this day was imminent, I have silently dreaded it, and at times felt consumed with sadness by the mere thought of releasing the last of what we have left of you (in the physical form at least), back into the world...somewhere out there.....
Dad you love the sea and it was your wish that we scatter your ashes there - the North Coast always held such fond memories for you both, having shared so many wonderful times there as a family, together with the Robert's. And as Salt Rock has become a special place for us over the last 10 years, one we continue to go back to, we chose the beach there.
Looking back on today, I can only reflect on how perfect it was for the both of you. Mom - the weather was cool, just the way you liked it. Dad, the sea was alive, and beautiful - clean and the most magnificent shades of blue, which changed as the waves broke onto the shore. But best of all was the wind, which blew just enough to gently sweep you up and carry you away. We said a short prayer, and then Nick and Lou stood in the shore and let you simply float away. Mom...Dominic had the last dance with you, and then ever so sweetly, he let the last of you go.
A short while later the bell rang at the hotel, to indicate the sighting of dolphins, and we were blessed with what must have been at least 60 of them, swimming through that same area, and I have no doubt that you were right there beside them, floating alongside them, together just as you were in love, and in marriage, and in life ......