Proud Parents

Written: April 2019

Pansy Brunch — Caylee Whitaker — From Cherry and Trey Whitaker — Proud Parents

First of all, we would like to thank Tri-Delta for your caring and loving support for Caylee throughout these four years. As for sharing our thoughts about Caylee, one page is not enough when we could write a novel. Thanks for requiring us to keep it brief.

Caylee — When you were born, we only wished that you were healthy. We were blessed. You were healthy, strong and bright. Over the years, you have blessed us countless more times.

It would be easy to just list your attributes. Things such as:

Some examples come to mind:

When our cat, Jackie, passed, we buried her in the front yard under a magnolia tree. Although you were very young, you gave us a medal you’d won to hang on the tree over her little grave. Twenty years later, that medal still hangs from that tree. Although it’s faded and tarnished from the weather, it remains a testament to your loving kindness.

When you first began playing soccer, you had a teammate, Miranda, that didn’t like getting dirty. Not the best trait for a soccer player. Entering the last game of the season, Miranda was the only player who hadn’t scored a goal. You were determined to change that and, with dogged persistence and a fair amount of skill, you passed the ball off her shinguard and into the opponent’s net. We can still recall her smile and your act of kind selflessness.

During your grade school years, you spent countless afternoons snuggled beside your grandmother on her couch watching ‘Criminal Minds’. When you were a freshman at UVM, you slept on the windowsill of an Intensive Care Unit during your grandmother’s final days. You shared your love, compassion and good humor when she needed it the most while also supporting everyone around you.

You’ve won awards. You’ve won trophies. Yet the real testament to your character and to who you are as person is in how you have impacted others in the most positive of ways. In how you’ve been there for your friends and family when they’ve most needed it.

You have been a gift to us and, we sense, a gift to Tri Delta and UVM. You always wish the best for everyone around you and everywhere you venture is made better by your presence.

We’re so very proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. Even more so, we’re excited about what the future holds for you. Caylee Star — We love you to the moon and back.



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Trey Whitaker

Former blogger, CrossFit gym owner, corporate manager, paratrooper, marathoner, youth sports coach and jujitsu black belt. Now happily retired in Maui.