It was a busy but very fun week and weekend, and of course, most of the time I forgot my camera and the rest of the time I had it but in my luggage and not with me…….
On Friday I attended Silver Linings Day at Hillcrest School, a school where all of my children and three of my grandchildren have been or are students. And another will join the ranks next year. Silver Linings is an appreciation day for grandparents put on by second graders and Sofia maus is the second grader just now. First we joined our grandchildren in their classrooms (there are nine second grades) and our grandchildren read to us and gave us a tour of the classroom. Sofia was so glowing and full of excitement and happiness that it was pure joy for me. And I think every child had at least one grandparent in attendance. Then we all marched off to the gym where we were welcomed by the principal, Miss Gulley, and entertained with a number of songs and poems.
Now I understand why Sofia has been singing “It’s a Wonderful World” a lot recently! Some of the songs were very emotional and most of the audience had tears in their eyes. Then potted plants were awarded to grandparents who had won because they were the oldest grandparent, had come the farthest to be there, had the most grandchildren, or great grandchildren or had a unique talent…Two people (well, three actually) won this last. One woman could balance a pencil on her upper lip. Another couple were great ballroom dancers.(I recognized them as parents of a girl who was in one of my Girl Scout troops in the ’80s). Both of these winners demonstrated their talents.
And that was Friday….Next day I was picked up by Emily and her family and we drove to our cottage at Lake Chautauqua to attend the wedding of our neighbor’s beautiful daughter Meredith. Alice and her family were already there. The wedding was another joy. Emily remembers that Meredith was the first baby she was allowed to hold. And I remember her from the day she came home from the hospital! And the many times she came over to visit with me on the porch, beginning at the age of two. She would shyly and silently look at all my sea shells, one by one. She remembers learning to hear the ocean while holding a conch shell to her ear……..And now she is a “married lady”. All grown up. May she be blessed every day of her life.
Paul always said there are no ugly brides and no ugly Christmas trees, but Meredith seemed especially beautiful! She and Bud were married at the Hall of Philosophy at the Chautauqua Institution and had their reception at the beautiful and historic Athenaeum Hotel.
So, I think I will not stop blogging, if and when the spirit moves me…..