What a GREAT tribute. Thanks for sharing with us.So I have reread this thread a couple times this weekend hoping I would be able to put it in perspective and maybe post something enlightening. Then I took today off to celebrate the 4th with friends and family and it came to me.
Tonight as I sat with my friends and family I watched my daughter running around playing with new friends and watching fireworks and I leaned in and hugged my husband and thanked him for setting it all up and I told him " This was a great day and one we would remember forever.". He looked back at me and said " I hope not. I hope we have so many more memories together that this one pales in comparison and never crosses your mind again". I looked at him and just started crying, not just because it was so sweet, but it made me think of Wikka and how I believe he would have looked at the situation the same way. It made me think about how much he affected our lives even for someone like me who never met him.
I guess I am trying to say thanks to Dale. I wish I would have understood the affect you had before you left us.