Recently, I helped my daughter Jen move from Fair Oaks to Paso Robles, both beautiful areas of California. Fair Oaks is east of Sacramento and Paso Robles is near San Luis Obispo. It;s not the subject of this blog, but Jen heroically drove a u-haul with a transporter behind carrying her SUV. B=Great job!!!
Jen was leaving a very supportive church community in Fair Oaks where she was a teacher in a Lutheran school. One of her friends there was Alice, a truly sensitive and engaging woman. Although I had been to Fair Oaks many times, I had only met Alice briefly. She was a neighbor of my father, so we also had that connection. While on this recent trip, Alice joined Jenifer and me for a dinner at the Olive Garden. I, of course, wanted to pay for the dinner because I wanted to treat Jen and because I wanted to thank Alice for the friendship she had shown for Jen. After the meal, as we prepared to leave, Alice "just happened" to have an Olive Garden gift card for me. I was happy to get it, and told her I would send her a thank you note. As readers of my blog know, I make a little watercolor painting on a card and then write a message on that card as a thank you. This one for Alice doesn't have a restaurant scene....it is a scene from the front yard of my cousin's house in Italy---so Italian!!!! Old buildings that have been added to again and again, vineyards, country roads, trees--some of the things I like about Italy. Lots of memories from that and now, lots of memories of a good Italian dinner with Alice. So, thanks, Alice...your card will be in the mail.