I’ve been missing my sweet friend Angie lately, partly because I know I could have talked to her about my Uncle Hal and she would understand the impact of his death on me. I’d realized recently that I’d been driving past Rest Haven on my way to an appointment a week or so ago so I went to visit her yesterday. There was construction going on there, it looks as if they are expanding Rest Haven. I noticed a lot of birds singing and the groundskeepers were busy caring for the property. It was so nice to see fall colors there, although it made me miss fall in Pittsburgh, PA! Most interesting was that I wasn’t prepared for how happy I was going to be to see her picture again. Her beautiful smile still shines on.
I sent her mom and sister a close up of her picture and the other sweet happening has been that friends and family have been sharing and appreciating this photo as well. Angie died 8/1/1999 of cystic fibrosis. She was a talented, loving, wise, and full of life individual that I’ve known since 1st grade soccer. Valuable lessons she has taught me include taking care of my body because I only have one, that I should live fully, presently, and passionately, and most often to make sure I communicate with those I love honestly and openly.
I got to have lunch with my friend Hillary, her daughter Malia and her friend Cristina and her daughter Madison. We noticed they were wearing the same style shirt, both striped and purple with black jeans. I got the honor of sitting next to these jumping jelly beans who enjoyed bouncing on the seat as we had Chinese for lunch. They were good sports when I asked if they wouldn’t mind posing for a photo. Their moms told me a very cute story where Madison was being asked to spell out her first and and last name. She corrected her teacher and told her that her name was Madison Hogan. This is funny because Hogan is Hillary and Malia’s last name. So I guess Madison has adopted herself a family!
Malia & Madison
Beautiful Little Ladies
While working on my previous post I was going through old scrapbooks. It was like a treasure hunt reading through old cards, letters, looking at pictures from my childhood. And then I found this packet of letters from 3rd grade. My teacher, Mrs. Pope had every classmate write a letter to every single classmate and they were stapled together titled, What Room 12 Thought About Me. I found this letter Heidi wrote to me, I find it so precious! Here 25 years later…
And what do you know I found out class photos and we are side by side (alphabetical order).
Here’s a photo from a few years ago from a night we nerded out with Rockband.
Inga and I have known one another since childhood. Tonight we got to spend some quality time together, I’m so happy to have her near me again – I was tired of sharing her with Alaska (although I’m bummed I never made it up to visit her there)! The conclusion to our date was a ride in her new wheels. Okay so I have to say I am not a huge car person at all, but I LOVE this car. And then I found out it was a Hyundai Sonata (we have 2 in my household – although they are much older than this)!!! She can call me from her freaking dashboard. Just to prove it to you, Brad gave her a buzz tonight (and a special shout out to Brad who helped her pick out this beautiful rig). I had to snap a shot.
Once upon a time, I met Hillary at a local department store salon- Jeremy and I had only been dating a year – she had not quite met her husband to be – and at some point along the way I said, “This hair, it’s yours!” Through the years we’ve seen the birth of her two precious girls, we’ve started and struggled through school (she just graduated this summer) – we’ve started and ended jobs, we’ve married and gotten engaged and talked weddings, we’ve talked about international travels, our friends and family. It’s interesting to think about this unintended friendship – but I have to say is very special to me.
Yesterday I got to see the start of Hillary’s new business at Hair West. I’m so proud of her, and it is so exciting to see her life journey! One of the lessons I’ve learned, is that friendship can be formed at unexpected turns, over time. Thank you Hillary and I look forward to many more hours in these chairs!!