“Memory believes before knowing remembers.” ~ William Faulkner, Light in August
“I just knew you two would always be in my life,” stated Mary Grace as my sister and I walked down Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat after having stuffed ourselves with nachos and drinks at The Cantina last Saturday evening. Mary was in the middle and linked arms with both of us. We strolled toward Wild Horse Gallery.
“Why is that?” I asked.
“I don’t know, I just had a feeling,” said Mary.
“Thank God we are both still alive and kicking!” I thought to myself. (For the back story on that thought, follow this link http://allthingsfulfilling.com/2014/06/04/sisters-of-the-heart/ )
I admitted to Mary that I sort of felt the same way. When I moved to Colorado, I was determined to find her. Last time I had heard she was in Fort Collins and I knew her married name. But, we had only been in touch at Christmas time (by snail mail) maybe twice or three times since our college years in 1973 or 1974.
“Mary, you are just the same,” Jan, my twin, stated. “Don’t you just love it when you have friends you can pick up with just like that even if it’s been decades since you’ve seen them?”
That is exactly what happened when we three got together. What a fulfilling weekend I had! Between spending it with my sister and my husband celebrating our three birthdays, reconnecting with Mary – a childhood friend who was included in my memoir and I have written about her on this site, too. Then there was the icing on the cake. I learned that Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected had won two EVVY book awards. It doesn’t get much better than that!
I can’t help but bask in my memories of last weekend for just one more day. Tomorrow, it’s time to get on with things. I have work to do to plan my East Coast book tour which begins mid-September.
For more information on the EVVY award-winning book Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected, please visit this link. http://amzn.to/1rArrRG.
Pictures from my fulfilling & rewarding Birthday Weekend
Twins Sue & Jan atop Mt Werner, Steamboat Springs, CO Sunset picnic and hike
Left to right – Terry, Jan & Sue Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat
Sue & Mary – Read the back story using this link -
Seems fitting the veterinarian and I are sitting outside Wildhorse Gallery
Outside Wildhorse Gallery – Sue with Mark Twain & “Huck,” Mary & Jan
Sue & Jan – First Birthday together for more than 30 years.
A reunion of 3 childhood friends – Jan, Sue & Mary Grace – a real life character in my memoir
Above- We found Eureka: Mediterranean Street Food, to be indeed golden!
We had great salads & meatballs for our next course, and a great place to catch up.
Bye, Jan. Bye, Mary – come back soon!
Beautiful setting and beautiful birthday weekend in Steamboat
This blog brought to you by the award-winning author Sue Batton Leonard. For information on Gift of a Lifetime:Finding Fufilling Things in the Unexpected, an EVVY Book Award book, please visit this link. http://amzn.to/1tKKiXF