In this country, we celebrate “Father’s Day”, a time to reflect on how much our fathers mean to us, a time to communicate that sentiment. Many people have their father with them now, in the physical form, perhaps so close that you are preparing a BBQ or a party of some kind in honor of him. Some, have lost their father due to an illness that took him before you were ready to let him go. Further, there are some who never knew their father, as he may have died in a war overseas, and you were only a baby. Then, there are those who have their father in their hearts–these are the lucky ones. For “Honoring thy Father…” simply means that–keeping him alive in your TRUE thoughts of Love. I love my father with all of my heart and I can say that I miss him. He is with us, living and walking on this planet earth and I am grateful for that. He is in my memory, not so much in what he did or said, but in the Knowledge that he loved me for who I am. He used to take me for walks in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco when I was knee high to a grasshopper, in search of the “big, bad wolf”, he paid for my college tuition, he provided beautiful homes that we lived in throughout this country and another, he tried to heal my own wounds even if his own were not healed. For that, I will always love him and impress upon God to watch over him and guide him through this illusion of time and space. He introduced me to Cape Cod so many years ago, 36 to be precise, as my little family drove our little red Volvo along route 6A heading east towards Provincetown, Race Point and the Cape Cod National Seashore. My love for animals was consecrated when he took the family to Kenya on a safari for 18 days in the Masai Mara game reserve, where wilderness is still preserved. Thank you for that Dad and I wish you peace and joy on this day of honoring the father–you. So, on this rather rainy day on Cape Cod, I want to again wish my father, to all of your fathers and especially, Roland, who is no longer with us on this plane, but who has given to me something that I SEEMED to have lost, the permission to LOVE again, a day of celebration and Joy and an overabudance of Peace. The Love that he gave to his daughters and to Cape Cod in general, not to mention the world of photography is unparalleled. He gave to me the simplest, most profound statement ever written, giving me courage to allow something as infinitely abundant as Love to flow freely once again, without reservations from the “past”. That statement is this–”Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists, herein lies the peace of God.” Happy Father’s Day Roland! May you have a blessed Sunday and Father’s Day! Peace M
June 21, 2009
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