I have had so much to write about lately that I haven’t had time to write. How ironic is that? An important part of my preparations to move to Colorado has been visiting with family and friends while I still live within a few hours of them. I took the photo below as I was crossing into Kentucky from Virginia this past Sunday. This view has always been one of my favorites. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get at a good angle to capture the true majesty of it.
Sunday, I went to see Aunt Betty and Uncle James Homer. They are both getting up in years and declining in health, and every time I go to see them I wonder if it will be the last. I certainly couldn’t move far away without going to see them again.
While I was in Pike County, KY, I visited Mom’s grave once more before my move. I know she’s not really there, but it is cathartic to visit her and talk with her about everything that’s on my mind.
Last week, I made a trip to Clayton, NC, to visit with Aunt Kitty and Uncle Johnny. I had such an enjoyable time there! We didn’t do a whole lot, but we spent precious time talking, reminiscing, and playing with their grandchildren.
While I was in Clayton, I had the opportunity to see a couple friends from my childhood. On that Friday evening, I went to dinner with Glenn Hackney, and the next day I went to lunch with Jodi Davis Hester. Both meals were a happy time of reconnecting and catching up. That’s Jodi and me in the photo to the left. We almost forgot to take one, but she came back before driving off so we could capture the moment.
The week before my trip to Clayton, I had the immense pleasure of seeing my long-time friend Al Faulkner. I met him online several years ago, and every in-person visit has been a memorable experience. He is one of the kindest people I know!
I also had the privilege of meeting Wayne Kovacs (whom I also met online several years ago) and his beautiful wife Maria. They took me to an authentic Japanese restaurant where I tried some new cuisine that was quite delicious. The only available utensils were chopsticks, and I figured out why Japanese are so thin. It’s not easy to eat with those things! Hahaha!
I made a quick drop-in visit at Sears in Greenville, SC, to surprise my high school friend Tom Dentel. I hadn’t seen him in about 13 or 14 years, and he didn’t recognize me at first. It was great getting to catch up with him a little, even though my visit had to be kept short so I could get on back home.
The past couple weeks I have made some nice memories to carry with me as I make the move to Colorado soon. Before long, my posts here will be about all my new adventures in that beautiful state.