We have our first rose. Gertrude is her name.
This weekend brought us two significant events.
On Saturday we gathered with friends to say farewell to our dear friend Mavis.
Mavis was a member of the Friday morning breakfast group long before I came on the scene. A fellow teacher with Tom at Des Moines Elementary school, she was well loved by many family members, friends and former students. She died just a week shy of her 92nd birthday, her death caused by a brain bleed that was the result of a fall. We had been picking her up every Friday morning from her assisted living apartment to take her to breakfast, and then, suddenly she is gone. We are all missing her.
On Sunday we traveled south to Vernonia, Oregon, a three hour drive each way, at the invitation of my sister Ilene, in order to meet her retired teacher friend, Kathy. Kathy and her husband Dan now live in Minnesota, but had just spent a week on the Oregon coast, and traveled to Vernonia for a day to catch up with old friends, including Ilene.
Kathy and Dan on the Oregon coast.
Ilene calls Kathy and me twins from different mothers. Through Ilene we are friends on Facebook, but had never actually met in person.
Now we have. Ilene was right, we are very much alike, and the connection was immediate. We spent several hours sharing stories of or lives, teaching experiences, and, yes, some of our common liberal political views. Ilene and Kathy had a chance to catch up with family news and who they knew when and where they are now. We discovered even more things in common. And Tom and Dan hit it off too, at least when they could get a word in. Tom is a retired elementary teacher and Dan is a former elementary school librarian.
After hugs and farewells, Kathy and Dan went off to their next visit and we went out to dinner with Ilene before beginning our drive back home. It was a trip well worth the making.