It is now Saturday evening, and we are home from a week in Amarillo. Beth and I left FW on Monday morning 9:30 just before sleet and freezing rain shut down Dallas/Ft Worth and then moved down to Austin. We drove through sleet and frozen rain for 3.5 hours before clearer roads and weather on our way to Amarillo. We have returned after a week of watching the Weather Channel with Icey roads and now, at last, 60 degrees. This will be a briefer Sunday Letter. Rest needed.
The Hope & Healing Place, a grief and loss center for children and families in Amarillo, was founded by Beth and her friend Tricia, 20 years ago. The current board and staff invited us, and the original board members, to attend a recognition of HHP as an essential Panhandle resource. Beth, Tricia, and I told the story of how HHP was founded, the many people who helped us along the way, volunteers and the developed of the program of grief services.
We had the most marvelous week of renewing friendships, long conversations about what was, is. and what is emerging in the lives of many dear friends. We believe we were part Amarillo for18 yrs. We learned of deaths, back surgeries, dementia, triple bypass, addiction recovery and the celebrations of families. We had the opportunity to tour the new facility of Family Supporf Services, the VA Hospital and I had coffee shop conversations with now older executive directors about pending transitions to 2nd carriers, grandchildren and thriving as an elder.
Beth and I witnessed “the new crew” carrying forward the Mission and Services of organizations so important to us. Have any of SL readers had similar experiences? There are smiles and pleasure in being a witness to “the continuing.”
- Trinity Episcopal had a Members Meeting last Sunday so I will atend Folk Mass Sunday at noon.
** Today Beth and I will be writing notes of appreciation and gratitude to many, And, I know what my “Sunday Goodness slip will be.
Roy, my walk has been with many, and so we continue……..