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Old 08-11-2019, 08:32 AM
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:33 AM
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:34 AM
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The father was one. The father was many. The father was. And for the son, that was enough.

It was the father who raised him, who nurtured him, who played with him, who brought him into the world and guided him through it, who loved him as a father would where love was needed, where love was wanted, where love was craved. It was the father who loved him and his brother both, and the father it was who prepared the son for what was coming, though no horizon seen by Man could reveal that coming but for the Spirit that lived within; and this, too, the father knew and loved and passed on to the son as a father would.







The father was family, and with mother and brother, the son went out into the world to see the world for what it was----for all its creation, for all its beauty, for all its promise that, being so loved, his going out into it would reveal some long-awaited Hope the father had instilled deep within his heart.





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Old 08-11-2019, 08:35 AM
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In the course of time, the father brought into the sonís life two things that would eternally shape his destiny: a younger brother and airplanes.





The father was himself junior to an older brother, and the uncle stood next to the son larger than life, having survived over thirty combat missions in a B-17 as flight engineer over Europe during WWII.



The son, the middle of two others by the father, received from him the gift of flight. As a CFII, the father began teaching the son first in a J-3 Cub, an Aeronca Champ, a Grumman Tiger, and later in a C-177 Cardinal RG. Years later, the son would involve the father in a ten-year project to build, paint, and fly an RV-8 kit plane. Thus it was that the fatherís passion became the sonís, the sonís the fatherís, and the three one.













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Old 08-11-2019, 08:36 AM
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Final assembly saw the father in eager anticipation awaiting the turn of the engine, the blur of the blades at the nose, and the thrill of an experimental first flight.



The fatherís joy of flight and the culmination of his love fueled the flight testing environment, and within a month, the father and son both made their cross-country journey together to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Their RV-8, Descending Dove, carried them to the fulfillment of a mutually shared dream: To attend the worldís largest fly-in by coming in the very plane they had built together as father and son.













It was the year 2008 when the father and son flew home to Merced, California, from Oshkosh in Descending Dove.



It was the only time they attended. Ten years later, the father flew with the son for the last few times before the way of the world arrived, decreed in the most clinical terms but symptomatically manifested in heart-rending reality. So together they flew, father and son, and made the most of what little time they had left to share.



He was many: teacher, counselor, comforter, builder, encourager, boundary-setter, guide, leader, provider, nurturer, defender, advisor, problem-solver, rescuer, and friend. He was one: He was father. He died one day, and the son wept bitterly. The son cried aloud for his father, whose body lay warm and breathless before him and his brothers; and hearing the fatherís voice, the son went to the only place where comfort, where solace, where the love of his father could be felt at the time. The son finished weeping and got up off the ground. He washed his face.

The next day, he took to the skies.

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Old 08-11-2019, 09:43 AM
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Scott, it seems you've lost your dad. My condolences.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:56 AM
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Beautiful pictures. It seems you were fortunate as I was to have a great father. My condolences as well!
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Scott: what a beautiful story, so many shared experiences, a lifetime of memories, very moving to read.
Sorry for your loss.

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Old 08-11-2019, 10:59 AM
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Scott, you've so eloquently expressed what so many of us have felt when we lost our own dads. Reading this today gave me a renewed appreciation for everything my dad gave me, my continued sense of loss and further appreciation for how we affect our children and grandchildren. My condolences on your loss!
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:46 AM
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A wonderful tribute to the Light that will guide you all your days......
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