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In Memory of Paul Tuitain|
by Jeannine Palardy (GeeCam43@hotmail.com)
On April 26 my dear friend and soul brother Paul Tuitain passed into the arms of the Goddess in his sleep... He had been ill for many years with asthma and the related effects of the medications he had to take... My heart is so heavy I am very compelled to write about this wonderful pagan, priest and friend.
We met at Pagan Spirit gathering many years ago... When the Pagan movement was just gaining momentum... The ideas of big gatherings and Festivals was new... Paul and I were a part of the settling and growing of Circle and it is this relationship and our very personal friendship i remember the most... We would be up at all the fests late into the night, Him on security and I doing the Med tent... He kept me awake with his laughter, his stories and his deep insight into human emotion... We would stroll under the moonlight as he did his guard rounds arm in arm laughing and sometimes singing... We had our share of crisises but we handled them with a lot of help from everyone in the Circle family... And we survived... During the darkest days of my life he was there... At the end of the phone line, listening a shoulder when love eluded me once again he gave me hugs and told me over and over... "I know you can do it Lyra... I KNOW you can"
I remember some of the times we had at festivals hot tired and sometimes very overworked we succeeded and made everything work... One memory that I remember was when there was a threat of tornados in the valley during PSG... The rain was pelting down and there were rumbles of thunder... Security had moved all the kids to safety and Paul grabbed my arm... "Your the next one out" he yelled... "NOPE" i yelled back" YOU first"... "Look I am not going to argue... "I'm not budging until you get on the next shuttle out... NO WAY he screamed... Rain was pouring off of our faces and we were soaked to the skin... "I'm not budging" I yelled... We started screaming back and forth until lightning struck nearby and thunder roared over us... "Got any OTHER bright Ideas?" was all he could say as we huddled under a collapsing tarp for protection... We laughed about it later but we always remembered that day... I believe he finally found someone as dedicated as he was to the cause... in me... I will always be honored that he chose to be friends with me... he was that great a person.
I am sad beyond belief at his passing... There is a big hole in my life that will never be filled... He was my wise one, my priest, and most of all, my soul friend... This is what love really is... when the pain of the loss overshadows all that there is... He set the wards of my house to protect my child and I... He sent the crystals to me that started the magic... He is part of my soul and my coven lineage... I will not forget him... I once asked him what he would do if he passed on before me... "He simply grinned and said... I will be there when you get to the other side... I promise!"... We both laughed then...
To his family, companion and friends I send my deepest sympathy... I hope you all realize what I would have given to be there every day with him... I miss his smile, his laugh and his joy in life... I will go to the ocean this weekend and burn a letter thanking him for all he was to my child and me... The darkest times of our lives were made just a bit easier by his gentle strength and his undying love...
Priestess - Coven of Our Lady's Light..(COOLL)
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