[bactttoma] Re: From Steven Taylor. The first tribute to Garry Taylor.

  • From: taylor family <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 16:32:46 +1000

From Steven Taylor.

Oh thank you for this and I am so glad you are sticking around here I really am.

I am lost for words, but please believe I am thankful that you are still here, 
as  I am for all other list members who are still here.

Brent has been amazing.  Emma fantastic and although I have not heard from 
others yet who are still here, I am fairly sure they want to stick around as 
well.

My Dad really taught me the value of history so everyone can be sure, I'll keep 
the tributes I have written.

Your support is really appreciated Ilonka you are wonderful for giving me this 
support.

Oh and thank you David for your support as well.

Cheers.

Steven.


On 06/05/2010, at 4:07 PM, Ilona Trost wrote:

> Steven, what a blessing.
> You have such wonderful memories of your dad and nobody can ever take them 
> away from you. The way you describe your experiences with your dad, I wish I 
> had a bit of that...
> Keep strong and tell us your memories and feelings.
> It would be great if you could write them down, especially for the grad child 
> that is on it's way. I am sure you and Amandawill keep your parents memories 
> alive.
> Best wishes from Ilonka
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "taylor family" 
> <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 1:24 PM
> Subject: [bactttoma] From Steven Taylor. The first tribute to Garry Taylor.
> 
> 
> From Steven taylor.
> 
> How does one describe ones feelings?
> 
> What words could do these feelings any justice?
> 
> What can one say or write?
> 
> My first tool was a hammer and nails.  Dad wanted to build me a cubby house.
> 
> He cut up the wood and had the hammer and nails ready.
> 
> I'm going to help you so that the nails are straight, don't be scared Steven, 
> I won't let anything happen to you.  It was something like that.
> 
> A gentle hand took mine and we banged in a nail to a piece of wood to nail it 
> to another piece.
> 
> It was a thrill and lots of fun.
> 
> Dad let me play with the scrap bits of wood and occasionally, he would ever 
> so politely ask me if I wanted to bang another nail.
> 
> I was thrilled to do so.
> 
> Easy son, we have to make sure it goes in straight, otherwise it will fall 
> down and the last thing I want is you hurt.  It was something like that.
> 
> Then there was that first school concert at high school.
> 
> I was doing my first piano solo at this concert.
> 
> I had a good ear for music, just as well, the braille version made no sense 
> at all.
> 
> I had chosen quite a hard piece for my age, Batehoben's fifth symphony.
> 
> Not exactly designed for piano you needed a violin and an orchestor.
> 
> But I was determined to show the kids that although I was slow I could do the 
> piece.
> 
> The curtain rose, I sat down and started to play.
> 
> My Dad sat with tears in his eyes, my Mum smiled but she too was crying with 
> pride.
> 
> The hall remained silent until i was finished.
> 
> And then the applause.
> 
> I got a hug from Dad I shall never forget.
> 
> Then when I was 17, the day I got so lost I was scared as anything.
> 
> I was so disorientated, so far away from home, or so I thought, and then the 
> familiar holden and I cried with relief.
> 
> Dad was there how he found me well he told me later, but then and there I 
> couldn't figure it out.
> 
> It's all right Steven, you are safe now.  Don't be ashamed to cry, it doesn't 
> mean you are a sook.
> 
> And then my first rental property my wife and I had and who was there fixing 
> this and that.
> 
> Dad again.
> 
> Well, we will have get permission to paint the house, but I'll do the 
> painting it will save you a heap of cash given Sandra is well along in her 
> pregnancy.
> 
> And then there was the Sydney Olympic closing ceremony.
> 
> I was so desperate to see something like that and no matter how hard I tried, 
> couldn't buy a ticket.
> 
> But who bought me that ticket?
> 
> My Dad.
> 
> What a thrill it is seeing and hearing your country's athletes marching 
> around the applause was deafening.
> 
> And so so many other memories.
> 
> Dad's patience to teach me to walk without pointing my toes all over the 
> place, he came up with bells for my feet, which helped immensely.
> 
> Dad's insistence the orientation instructors showd him the correct cane 
> technique.
> 
> Dad's never ending struggle to get things in braille.
> 
> Dad's never ending struggle to find music pieces in audio formats so as I 
> could listen and play.
> 
> Dad's never ending sacrifices for private music lessons and I thanked him so 
> much.
> 
> There were trips to the football, Dad hated afl footy, well, not quite, his 
> passion was soccer understandable really.
> 
> Amanda, do you remember the time he accidentally drank hot chilly sauce?
> 
> Well, wasn't funny at the time, but even Dad laughed afterwards.
> 
> There was the camping trips father and son, you know, just to give Mum a 
> break.
> 
> Dad loved to fish, he knew all about plants even Australian plants.
> 
> Dad loved to cook, and wasn't half bad as cooks go.
> 
> Dad's favourite drink was tea for hot drinks and a cold beer but he was never 
> ever drunk.
> 
> He could go without beer for weeks.
> 
> Dad smoked, it was common when he was a young man for men to smoke.
> 
> Dad loved his cigars.
> 
> He gave it away just like that and for a few months at a time in some cases, 
> but one can forgive him for going back when his wife died.
> 
> Dad loved history books.  Couldn't get him out of a book once he was there.
> 
> Dad read thousands of history books, even read some to me.
> 
> And even though I am not a huge history book fan, Dad had a reading voice 
> which took me there and it was as if I was living it as well.
> 
> Dad would often say, Steven, you and I are apart of history and he was right.
> 
> Oh sure, we aren't ever going to be as famous as captain cook, or
> edmond Barton or Colombus, or the russian politicians.
> 
> But he is right.
> 
> Today we have lost a piece of history,  today we have lost a gentlemen.
> 
> Oh sure, Dad got angry, but you could be sure, the next day, he apologised 
> and hugged you and told you he loved you.
> 
> Today another piece of history is lost, and yet, not precisely so.
> 
> For the history of Garry Taylor lives on through his son, through his 
> granddaughter, through his unborn great grandchild, who it is sad to say will 
> only have our memories and his photographs to live on with.
> 
> Is it time to say good bye?
> 
> No, not yet.
> 
> Hundreds of pages of notes you have left and it is only fitting for your son 
> to see if he can publish your historical observations.
> 
> It is time for your son to share your love and your observations of history 
> with others in a book dedicated to you.
> 
> I can't promise you this will get published but I will do what I can Dad.
> 
> So yes it is good bye to your physical body, but not to your history, your 
> history will live on even if the book is never published.
> 
> With sadness.
> 
> Steven.
> 
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