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You are here: Home Resources Memories of Stan From Darcy Ottey

From Darcy Ottey

This last spring, Stan and I were at the International Wilderness Guides Gathering in Arizona. I had sort of roped him--yet again--into going somewhere for Journeys, but he was doing a lot of travel in the rest of his life and hadn't been so excited to go. He had decided that this was his last WGC gathering; there were just too many demands on his time.

This last spring, Stan and I were at the International Wilderness Guides Gathering in Arizona.  I had sort of roped him--yet again--into going somewhere for Journeys, but he was doing a lot of travel in the rest of his life and hadn't been so excited to go.  He had decided that this was his last WGC gathering; there were just too many demands on his time.

 

As we drove back to the airport, he told me about a young man, Sequoia, whom he'd been watching grow up at the gathering and who was now maybe 11.  Sequoia is a kind, gentle, shy boy, who doesn't talk much around approximately one hundred or so adults at the gathering.  But he and Stan made friends and spent time together.  As Stan was leaving, he and Sequoia hugged.  Sequoia said something, I don't remember what, maybe as simple as "I hope I see you next year."  Stan said, "Dang.  I guess I have to go to the Gathering next February, since Sequoia asked me to!"  And he meant it.

 

That was the kind of elder, uncle, grandfather, mentor, man, that Stan was.  If even one young person needed him, he was there--even if it cost him a week of his life and hundreds of dollars.  I believe that Stan would've been at the gathering next spring, just to hang out with Sequoia and make forts and look at insects.  

 

May I have your capacity to be present, Stan, in the small moments, and to care so lovingly for anyone who crosses my path.  You just saw people, and loved every inch of them, and for that we are all stronger and better because of you.

 

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