Wednesday, November 17, 2010
She said, "It's a beautiful day for a funeral, Nana"
This kid always amazes me. She had no one showing her to do these things, but obviously she had been thinking about it. U'i is a deep kid, we always have thought she was 7 going on 57, just an old soul. She would not let us read her speech at that time, so we had no idea what she was going to say. I wasn't worried though, I knew it would be special.
My sister came by and Rachel gave Beck and U'i a "secret" task. I had to leave the house so they could discuss this task and only allowed to come back after Beck and U'i had left the premises.
A couple hours later it was time to head out. The memorial was at David's favorite beach, Ala Moana, specifically in an area called Magic Island. David liked going to this area because the park here has sidewalks throughout and it was easy for him to navigate in his wheelchair. The setting is beautiful, and there always some people fishing off the shore, others enjoying a picnic, kids and adults throwing frisbies or walking their dogs, skateboarders, bikers, joggers, kite fliers, just people out enjoying this paradise of Hawaii.
David came out here often even though we live on the other side of the island. He would catch the handivan and spend the day here. Talking to strangers and I discovered later, he also ran into friends many times on his ventures. He didn't always go alone, this is one of our favorite beaches too and we often spent the day here with him. But for lone trips, this was David's favorite hangout.
On the way to the beach, we stopped to get my sister and U'i. They had finished their secret project and proudly showed it to me. They had gone to Walgreens with a flash drive filled with pictures and had made the most wonderful memory book of David. I cry just thinking about it. They had made several copies for other members of the family not able to join us for this memorial AND a bunch of single sheets of pictures and a journal entry that U'i had written and the Army newsletter bio of David. These single sheets were to be handed out when U'i had guests sign in on her sign in sheet.
After the last guest came, U'i took over. Informed us that it was time to gather in a circle. By this time our friend Bun and her husband had provided plastic chairs from her work for us all to sit under the shady tree. My sister Beck led in a prayer of thanksgiving for David's life and to bless the food we would eat.