Tuesday, February 9, 2016

One of those weeks...

photo credit Laury Chimerofsky
Well, it started very sad when our dear friend Sue lost her Mom after a long illness.  We all went to the funeral to pay our respects.  Bittersweet, we've been through losing all of our parents, except one.  Dear Jack, Laury's Dad, is our last surviving parent.  We are as one of us stated, " 61 year old orphans".

The service, as funerals go, was lovely.  The Pastor said the Mass and the Homily was personal, kind, and warm.  We are all lapsed Catholics, but found solace in his words.
 We planned a pizza night while Sue and Laury were in town, and I offered our home so we could really visit
and hear each other. Noisy restaurants make conversation a chore.
Paper plates, plastic tablecloth, nothing fancy, except the guests. Friends for 48 years.  I am actually the newcomer, some have been friends since first and second grade.
We ordered pizza and salads, the girls brought delicious desserts.  We sat around the table, as I lit a fire and we did what we always do when we are together, talk and laugh.  My face hurt from smiling.
 Sue brought me these amazing flowers.
Beautiful, so like our friendship.

From left to right; Sue, me, Sue and Dot...Our Guys, Laury, Ron, Kev and my dearest.  Sue and Ron will be married forty years this May, as will we, my dearest and I in July. Sue and Laury newly weds at 38 years, Dot and Kev close behind.  Pretty amazing in today's world.

New Friends and Old Friends

Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
New made friendships, like new wine,
Age and mellow and refine.
Friendships that have stood the test-
Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray,
Friendship never know decay.
For'mid old friends, tried and true,
Once more we our youth renew.
But old friends, alas! may die,
New friends must their place supply.
Cherish friendship in your breast-
New is good, but old is best;
Make new friends, but keep the old;
These are silver, these are gold.
Joseph Parry

 I hope you are blessed with friendships that make your heart swell with love and affection.  Thank you for stopping by and for your kindness.  Enjoy this beautiful day.


Lynne said...

Keeping friendships alive . . . the best, isn't it!
Nice post Penny . . .

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Barbara Lilian said...

Get together times like this are always special. Sometimes we need to make them happen, for no particular reason. True friends are friends for life.