Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

It is Father's Day.  My son called me first thing this morning to wish me a Happy Father's Day.  So nice.  I can wish him the same now that he is a father, too.  I called my dad and told him he was the best father I could ever want.  And I mean it.  Not just today, but everyday.  Not everyone is so lucky.

We are in Indiana today.  We didn't plan on being here today.  Circumstances compelled us to be here.  We were in Tennessee just the day before yesterday.  We were getting prepared for the Good Sam Rally in Louisville this coming week.
We got a call Friday evening from our good friend Phil May.  Phil and Tracey are TechnoRV.  Most of our RV friends know them and their two wonderful kids, Ally and Josh.  Josh went for a walk Wednesday evening and did not return.  A search Thursday morning located Josh's body on the ground near the river.  Cause of death; asphyxiation.  No answers, only questions.  He was 14 years old, bright and invincible.
We are here.  To be with our friends in their time of grief.  Maybe to distract them just a bit.  Not to diminish the tragedy and loss, but for something else.  I'm not sure what.

The Timberline Valley RV Resort campground owners and fellow campers have been absolutely wonderful.  The local police set up a special fund and generous contributions have come from the community.  A local pilot flew Phil and Tracey to Charleston so they could break the news to Ally and bring her back to be with them.  Tracey's parents flew in from England.  Friends from Chicago came down and picked the parents up from the airport in Indianapolis in the middle of the night.
We spent the day together.  Phil, Tracey, Ally, Tracey's mum and dad, Chris and I.  It was a good day.

A memorial service is planned for Monday June 25 here at the park.

Take nothing for granted.  Enjoy every moment.  Life is fragile.

Rest in Peace, Josh.  We loved you.

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Bill said...

You are the best of friends to be there. Sometimes all you can do is be there, but it does help.

We have even stayed at Timberline Valley RV Resort and remember the people were nice.

Jeannie and Eldy said...

It is wonderful that you are there for support for them. I wonder if Josh had an allergic reaction to a bee sting or something like that? What a terrible tragedy.

Rachel said...

Hello again Chris and Jim!

This is Rachel from RVC Outdoor Destinations; I contacted you about a week and a half ago to see if you guys would be interested in coming to stay at one of our RV properties.

I just wanted to let you know that the offer still stands, and we'd love to have you and your RV come out and visit one of our destinations sometime in the future. We just love the business we're building and are super excited to share it with other travelers (we think they'll like it just as much as we do!).

If you guys are at all interested in taking us up on our offer, go ahead and check out our properties at I hope you are both well and I can't wait to hear back from you! :)

Happy travels,

Rachel O'Hara
RVC Outdoor Destinations
429 N. Main Street, Suite 100
Memphis, TN 38103