We all called my Dad, Grandpa Bob. Yesterday, I finished a little project that I have been working on, to remember him. The last time I saw him was at the 4th of July last year. It was a great time at "Grandpa Bob's ranch" in Colorado. Some of our kids and grandkids were also there. I put together a picture collage of that time there. Even the red, white, and blue theme of July 4th, has significance. Dad was very patriotic, loved his country, and served in the army. MaryAnn was given an American flag as a symbol of those things. Dad loved to wear a ball cap that let people know that he had served his country. On the Saturday, that we were there, we went into Red Feather for lunch and to see the craft show there. We had lunch that Dad's church provided for the community. At the craft show I purchased a handmade silver star ornament. At the time it seemed rather frivilous, to buy a cute little silver ornament. But now, I am so glad that I have it. It is my token of that weekend - not knowing at the time, that it would be the last time I would see my Dad, here on earth. In my collage, is a picture of Dad on his "mule" cart, a picture of the geese on the lake, a family picture, a great picture of the lake at sunrise, a couple of other photos, a sign from the lunch at Red Feather, and my silver star, with a little red, white, and blue trim. I am also going to put together some little mini albums with photos of that weekend. I couldn't fit everything I wanted into this collage :) And I want all of the girls to have an album, in remembrance, of the that time there, too.
I have been reading a book, that has helped me understand Dad's death. I'm glad that I was there for his 80th birthday (in April 2011) and for this weekend in July, and after that, I spoke to him almost every Sunday night. I wish that on that last Sunday morning, he would have had the thought that I would be calling him later that day, but that was not to be. Father's Day this year was a very sad day. And now there are fires burning near the ranch, that we are watching. But I'll hang on to what I have and keep some wonderful memories.