October 11, 2010
Lona Parton, our trekker who lost her son spoke last night in front of the group. She told us about her amazing son Tyler who died in Afghanistan. He was a graduate of West Point, fluent in Arabic, and a musical genius who loved to climb mountains and play his guitar at the top. She told us in the months after his death she also wanted to die, but then she realized she needed to live on to be a good mother to her to remaining children. Her second son is about to graduate from West Point and will soon be deployed overseas. Lona called herself a spiritual warrior and read a quote, which I’ll share:
Life offers us the opportunity to become a Spiritual Warrior. A warrior is one who bravely goes into those dark areas within themselves to ferret out the Truth of their being. It takes great courage, stamina, and endurance to become a Spiritual Warrior.
From “The Indian Poem”
Lona has as a valuable and unique dimension to this team.