Sunday, May 31, 2015

Friendships

May has been about friendship. Friends are like a bouquet of flowers. 
And as I get older and I realize how precious time is,
I appreciate my friendships even more.



 I heard from an old friend in her typical bold handwriting, several pages of stationary numbered in the upper right hand corner and signed "Best Friends Forever!"
Just like when we were teen-agers. I've known her since we were 13.



This month I also found an old friend.

She is still married to her high school sweetheart. It's hard to believe it's been 40 years!


Sadly, I said good-bye to a sweet friend who lost her battle to cancer.


                              I had some laughs and a good time with some friends from work.
                               


                                           

                                         I called another dear friend who is recovering from surgery.


   And today I will meet a friend for lunch to 
celebrate her birthday.


                                Friends are truly a bouquet of flowers, each one a blessing.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

In the Shadows of the Past

On our trip through middle Tennessee we stopped in the town where my family lived in 1966-1967 when my father was sent to Vietnam. I was 10 years old that year and the oldest of five children. My baby sister was born during my father's tour of duty. We lived in a tiny two-bedroom house within walking distance of this Civil War mansion. As a child I played on these grounds and waded in the nearby creek. It was a working plantation prior to the Civil War and was going to be torn down when the city decided to restore it in the 1960's, the time that we lived here. My grandparents lived on the same street several blocks away in a ramshackle old Victorian house with high ceilings and creaky floors. My brother and I would walk for miles from our little corner of the universe, never realizing all the history that was right in our back yard. The poor black neighborhoods that I remember as a child are gone, replaced by housing projects. How many of their ancestors worked the cotton fields of the plantation? We will never know. My grandparent's house and many others on the street have been restored to their original grandeur. Old is new again. There are stories on these grounds that have never been told.  


Pictures

Growing up in my era we didn't take a lot of pictures. Of course, there were the school pictures, which I dreaded, and Mom rarely bought...