Honoring My Father’s Memory on His Birthday

My name is Gwen Siercks and my six month old daughter is Rosalie Lou. In 2002 my father was murdered by a paranoid schizophrenic man in Berkeley, CA. This event completely shattered my life and twelve years later it still has a profound effect on the person I have become. My dad was very spiritual and studied self-realization. He taught me to respect and study all of the various religions of the world. Every year on his birthday, September 25th, my mom and I get together and do something in memory of his life. We go somewhere that we feel my father would have enjoyed and reminisce on our experiences with him. This year we decided to go to Taegosah Mountain Spirit Center, a Korean Buddhist Temple located in the mountains of Tehachapi, CA.

In this photograph I am in a meditative pose sitting beneath the Peace Bell wearing my daughter in a Pune Hop-Tye. It was an incredibly windy day, but it was a wonderful feeling to be somewhere that my dad would have loved to have seen. I wear my daughter here simply because I take her everywhere I go and wearing her is the easiest way to do it. This was a beautiful moment for me and I will continue this tradition with her in hope that it teaches her the same sense of respect that my father taught me.

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