...s he fidgeted with the string of flowers
around him, trying to make sense of it all, his hand on her shoulder.
Then she sat him on her lap, as he grabbed her in a babylike hug and
began to pat her gently on the back.The girl, ignoring her
flowers, began to play quietly with his hair. She had begun doing
that when she had been feeling bad, which had been quite often
lately. He didn't mind it, and it seemed to make her feel better.
Then, in like manner, he began to play with her hair.Surfers. Of all ages,
sexes, and conditions. A few were great-grandparents, and some had
yet to start kindergarten. There were many dozens of them, from Ocean
Shores as well as other places near and far, forming one enormous
circle just outside the breakers, seated upright on their floating
boards, and many of them holding hands with one another to maintain
the integrity of the circle....therefore we commend
her memory to the deep in sure and certain hope of the resurrection
of the faithful...Almost all present wore a
floral lei, including the young pastor whose black short sleeve shirt
with its short white collar contrasted with the colorful boardshorts
he wore. As he concluded his part of the proceedings, a burly
Hawaiian took over, representing traditions of equal or greater
antiquity.A few moments la...