Kristin Rotondo Heading Effort To Raise Money For Bench In Honor Of Mike and Alice Wheeler

I loved reading "Where would you want your bench?". I often think about where my bench should be.
I am trying to raise $950 to purchase a bench from the city for Mike and Alice Wheeler to be put in at Cripple Cove park. The Wheeler’s are the unofficial caretakers of the park. They mow, plant & clean the park. They do everything from prune & plant to clean trash, graffiti and poo. If you have spent any extended time there you have met them. They do this because they love the park and the children that play there.
I thought that your readers might be interested in donating or know someone who would be.
You can donate by going here
or there is a link on the Cripple Cove Park fan page on facebook.
Thanks so much.
Kristin Rotondo

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Where do you want your bench?

I was thinking about where I’d want my bench this morning.  Say you died and some folks wanted to put a memorial bench someplace with your name on it for people to enjoy.

I guess it’s similar to spreading ashes.  Some people keep their loved ones in an urn on a shelf in the house, some spread them out to sea, some spread them along a beach.

But in the tradition of our family we usually get buried in boxes and put into cemeteries. In some cases loved ones or family members may donate or erect a bench somewhere with the deceased’s name on it.


But I’m getting off track I’m not talking about the physical body placement once the spirit has left, I’m talking about if people were going to place a bench in memory of you somewhere. 

So here was my thought process when thinking about it-

At first I thought about a bench at Cripple Cove overlooking our dock but immediately erased the thought of that because of the gazillions of hours spent down here, the last place I want to be stuck at is overlooking work.  Then I thought about the beach somewhere overlooking Good Harbor.  I love Good Harbor Beach but really I rarely get there because I work so much.  Taking sunrise pictures of the Twin Lights from the footbridge is something I enjoy and thinking about someone else enjoying those sunrises while sitting on that bench would be nice. (Also briefly considered a bench at the Naples Beach Club).

But I consider myself a people person and I’m most happy when interacting with people I like.  So it came down to Main Street.  I love downtown.  I love the action, the people, the restaurants. So ideally it would be on Main street in the block between Menage Gallery and Passports on that side of the street where they get that beautiful morning sun.

Where would you want your bench?