In lieu of flowers
In lieu of flowers
- I visited Winter whenever I could even though I lived in Iowa. I was born with multiple disabilities. I only have one eye so I got a prosthetic eye when I was four years old. I wanted a purple eye, but my doctor suggested brown so it would match my other eye. I got to go in the water with Winter and I even have a picture of me holding her prosthetic tail. Great memories forever!!!
To human beings, honesty is a virtue. In the case of Winter The Dolphin, her honesty was manifested in her spontaneity in her relationship with human beings. Unshakable in the way she saw human beings, especially children, young people and adults with prostheses who were captivated by the sweetness and closeness of an affectionate animal. Affection that Winter always felt for all those who also showed themselves how they suffered and managed to overcome such suffering. Because Winter the Dolphin meant resilience for all of them. Together forever in shared happiness to continue to live. As is the example I share here in this memorial. It's like the rebirth of a new day, where another member of a dolphin family was born in the Tagus River, on the Portuguese side. It happened today:
I loved winter so much. Now my heart breaks for her. I was down to see her before she passed. Rest in peace winter! We all love you!
I love her so much! I miss her a lot! The aquarium is not the same without her. She really left a mark on me, a mark that is a permanent one on my heart. She was the sweetest thing ever! The second I saw Dolphin Tale, I said, “Can we see her?!”
Winter has inspired me to still compete in field day at school, even when I had a serious case of Plantar Fasciitis in my left heel. I won 1st place in standing long jump and 2nd place in the 50 meter dash and it was all because of Winter the Dolphin.
When I first layed eyes on Winter, I knew we had a connection with each other and now that she’s gone, I feel like it’s getting stronger even when I cry everyday since her death. Winter was the most important being in my life and now my heart hurts just thinking about it.
I love you so much and I miss you so much as well. Life has been difficult since you passed away. I got stressed out about a lot of things and when I think of you, I burst into tears and I cry my heart out asking why you couldn’t hold on a little bit longer. Life is no longer happy for me ever since your death. I just wish you would come back to CMA, to me, to us! I dream about you every night and our connection feels like it’s getting weaker but stronger at the same time. Winter, I need help, I need your help to help me get through my Plantar Fasciitis so I can run and walk normally again. I’m in so much pain! It hurts. I need you, we need you. Winter, you and Hope were like Family to me and it feels like I lost my sister and best friend. I wish to see you again, Winter.
I will be there soon. I will be coming Monday to see you. I’ll most likely cry, it’s a normal thing now. And Hope, please remember this, we are family, and Family Is Forever.
I love you and I will be there soon,
I first heard about winter when dolphin tale 1 came out she inspired me to keep fighting against my mental health issues and my learning disabilities no matter how bad it got. I always looked at the live cameras for hope during my struggles and she would always cheer me up. When I heard that she passed away I was devastated but I knew I had to keep fighting for her. She may have gone but to me she is always here in my heart. I would like to thank clearwater marine aquarium for everything they did for winter.
A few quotes: if winter can do it so can you, if one door closes another one opens.