When I drove to the Denver area a few days ago, I stopped for lunch, and as I mentioned, was thrilled to meet a blogging friend from way back, Cathy. Some of you know her, as I did, from the blogs. She has gone quiet in Blogville of necessity. Her schedule is full with her children, a full time job and writing. Her first book was published just over a year ago, and she is working now on the second one. I hope she will return one day to blogging, but I understand how life can absorb one's time. I understand, but I miss her, too.
Cathy is as cute, as smart as I thought she would be and even more of a sweetheart than one can imagine! How gracious was she to drive an hour and a half just to sit that long with my sister and me, then make the return trip home?? It was a brief meeting, but one that I enjoyed greatly and am so happy we were able to make the connection!
In Denver yesterday, I was delighted to have lunch with three great friends. Glenda, Chuck (next to me) and I went to school together 50 (yikes!!) years ago, and Rick (in the striped shirt) is another of my blogging friends for some time now. When I began thinking of being in the Denver area, I knew I had to try to see all three, and with limited time on my hands, the best solution was to try to incorporate all three into one lunch. I'm so glad they could all accommodate, because we had a lot of fun.
I was having a car problem .... no, a car hiccup .... because my gas cap wasn't fitting right and the "check engine" light came on as a result. I needed to drop my truck off to have that taken care of, so Chuck picked me up at the dealership. When we got to the restaurant, we found Glenda and Rick had introduced themselves and were chatting away like old buds! That's how it went for the next three hours. You would have thought Rick went to school with us. Some people fall into silence around a group with a history but not Rick! I'm glad, because I learned a lot bout him, and he became just another of "the gang."
I enjoyed catching up with Glenda and just seeing her face again. I hadn't seen her in about 46 years although we've stayed in loose contact. Chuck and I ran into each other some 20-25 years ago when my mother discovered he was at the bank in the tiny town where my folks lived. We also have remained in touch off and on since then. Rick and I "cyber met" via the blog of mutual friend, Julie, WHO KEEPS PROMISING TO COME MEET US BOTH!! [Jes' sayin', Julie! Take it for what it's worth. :D ]
What a fabulous afternoon we had! We ate and lingered on for over three hours, and if they didn't all have lives to go back to, I would have loved to keep them there longer. There were no silent gaps in the day as we all fell into a rhythm of talking, getting to know each other, laughing about past events and enjoying the excellent company. One of those days that makes you wonder who you don't do it more often. Oh, yeah .... there is that dratted distance thing for me. I hope that Glenda and Chuck with stay in touch and renew their friendship and that both of them and Rick will find a new one. What a day!
Earlier yesterday morning, my siblings and I, along with one nephew in town from Texas, gathered at our parents' grave site for a little remembrance. Bittersweet. It has been ten years, and I still miss them so. It's not a fresh wound any longer, of course, but how big a hole is left in my life without them. They were our foundation.
That's my sis on the left, one brother in the wheelchair and next to him is the other brother and wife. The half person is my nephew. No, he's a real, whole person in life, I just sliced him in the photo. ;D
Today the family is gathering here at the home of the brother where Sis and I are staying to have a little time together. Some other nieces and nephews are coming, too, and I'm glad I will get to see them. I'm looking forward to seeing a great-niece who has become a friend on Facebook. I haven't seen her since she was just a wee one about two years old. I have really enjoyed some of our "chats," and I know I will enjoy seeing her now as she is "grown up." Well, sorta, at 12!
Tomorrow we start home. I'll take Sis to Lubbock, spend the night and go home Monday. I'm getting tired. It has been a fabulous trip, absolutely one of magical proportions for me. But I haven't slowed down, taken a day to veg out, for over a month now. It will be good to go home, rest, and start doing some things around the house and yard .... for me.
Guess I should get crackin'. Talk with y'all later!
.... Life is beautiful!!!!