Friday:) From Here to There and Old Friends and Family

24 Mar

Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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This afternoon, my sister and I went to visit our old friends and neighbors Mike and Shirley. They weren’t able to make it to Mom’s celebration of life Sunday, so we went to visit them. It was around an hour drive, and everything looked so unfamiliar. After we sat and talked a while, we realized it was over fifty years when we had first moved in next door, WOA! How did that happen?

There was a lot of catching up to do after nearly five decades. But the thing about old friends is, when you get together, it seems like yesterday. After a lot of old stories, and “remember so and so,” and talking about all the neighborhood kids who are now grown and are now mom’s and grandmas, we decided that we weren’t getting old, everyone else was.

Mike and Shirley look exactly like I remembered when I was fourteen years old and a freshman in high school. I didn’t take a picture today, but here’s one from last year when they came to visit Mom. This is a beautiful picture. Lovely memory.

After that visit, we drove past Conrady Middle School, where I taught Art, way back in the late 70’s early 80’s. We made a quick stop at Auntie Ann’s house, right down the street. She was very sick with a cold/flu, so we just did a drive-by so I could drop of a couple of remembrances from Mom’s house. I did a virtual hug, set the things on the table, said, “I love you,” then back on the road. Also, no time for a picture, but here’s one of my favorites of her and my cute granddaughter, from last year.

They say you can’t go home again, and, well, I don’t get it. I do it all the time, and it’s great.

One Response to “Friday:) From Here to There and Old Friends and Family”

  1. Shirley Dragas March 24, 2018 at 3:06 am #

    Oh Toni you always make me cry. I should have opened the things you brought while you were here as those pictures were sooo wonderful Brought back so many great memories of your Mom. She was so gracious as always coming to my classroom many times. And thank you again for the Easter towels, all those stamps and the beautiful roses in the gorgeous vase you painted. When you asked to go to the bathroom, I should have had you go to the upstairs one as the wooden chair you painted is in there with a doll on it! Has been since you gave it to me. It was so great seeing you and Jo and reminiscing (sp?) You will always be my little sisters. Love you bunches.

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