There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Today, I laid my Dad to rest.   I spoke at his funeral today, I could have gone on for hours about him but this is what I said.
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Thank you all for coming today, Bill would be overwhelmed with the amount of people that have shown up.  

Yesterday I received a message from one of the websites that I contribute to called the Magical Blogorail.  Many of the other writers made a donation in the amount of $250 to the charity Give Kids The World in the name of Bill.  Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need. This is a charity that Bill would have loved to be able to contribute to.

Bill was called many different names: husband, Dad, Papa, Grandpa Bill.  But most of you here called him …to fix something….or move something….or remove something.  That’s the kind of man he was, always there to help.

He was a good guy, he was a provider, a helper and loved to tinker with things.  He always had the latest gadget, the newest computer and he seemed to have the answer for any question someone had.  Bill had a garage full of tools and was always willing to help someone out if they needed something fixed no matter what time of day it was.  But you all already knew that because at one time in his life I am sure that he helped you out when you needed it.

Today, I wanted to tell you something about Bill you may not know.  I want to tell you about Bill’s love for Disney. He was a big kid at heart and as a family we visited Disneyland often.  I am pretty sure he is the reason I am such a Disney nerd today as is my daughter Lily.  He helped fuel the growing Disney obsession that I had by sharing historic Disney details with me and making me want to learn more about Walt Disney and his beloved Disneyland.

One year we traveled to Walt Disney World and there was one attraction that I really didn’t care too much for at the time but Bill loved it.  The attraction is called Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.  The attraction originally appeared at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair and is said to be one of Walt Disney’s favorite attractions and it is one of the remaining attractions that is still operational today that Walt had a hand in developing.  The attraction explores advancements in technology during the 20th century and is a tribute to nostalgia and a glimpse into the future.  Sounds pretty boring huh?

But the attraction has an infectious theme song called “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”  The lyrics of the song are simple and they go like this:

There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of everyday
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow’s just a dream away

Man has a dream and that’s the start
He follows his dream with mind and heart
And when it becomes a reality
It’s a dream come true for you and me

So there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of everyday
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Just a dream away

While in the literal sense you could say the song means that there will always be a tomorrow and follow your dreams.  But I feel that song is meant to be optimistic and enthusiatic just like Bill.  He was always enthusiastic and ready to help anyone and he loved the future and advancements in technology.

Yesterday morning I was walking through Downtown Disney by myself and it was a quite morning.  I was thinking about today and what I was going to say about Bill.  I had a lot of ideas, and I could go on forever but then over the loud speaker the song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” came on and I knew I wanted to say today.

Thank you all for coming today and now I would like to play the song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”


Bill Winston - In Loving Memory

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If you would like to know more about the charity Give Kids the World you can find them online at http://www.gktw.org/

Here is a video of the Magic Kingdom attraction Disney’s Carousel of Progress

  • http://www.mydreamsofdisney.com Mickey

    It is my honor to be associated with the Magical Blogorail, Dawn, and I am glad that we were able to help you remember your Dad in a way that also helps other families forget their worries and cares for a while. Thanks for everything you do — your Dad is very proud of you!

    • http://www.IAmMommyNerd.com Dawn

      Thank you Mike, your words are always so comforting.

  • http://www.capturingmagicalmemories.com/ Mary

    What a wonderful way to remember your father. He is at peace know and I am sure loves the legacy he has left behind and will smile each time you think of him walking through Disney.

    • http://www.IAmMommyNerd.com Dawn

      Thank you for your comment Mary, Disney sure has a way of making everything so magical even in a sad time.

  • http://gravatar.com/runwalkfastpass Disbroad Julie @RunWalkFASTPASS

    What a wonderful way to remember your dad. Very sweet and touching.

    • http://www.IAmMommyNerd.com Dawn

      Julie – thank you for your kind words.

  • amariawheeler

    Thank you for sharing such a special moment. I’m so sorry for your loss, but I must say that you’d gave a beautiful speech.

    • http://www.IAmMommyNerd.com Dawn

      Thank you for your kind words, it was a hard speech to give but I got through it.

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