Friday, June 5, 2009
A Walk in the Park
My sister had a big birthday this week. I'm not going to mention how big because she is older than me and can still beat me up. Since her husband is in Iraq for a year and my husband is off on his annual motorcycle trip, Kathy is staying with Katie and me for a few days. We celebrated the Big One with family and friends at Outback Steakhouse Wednesday night. The food was good and the company was better. Kathy enjoyed the camera case I had made for her new digital camera, as well as the angel I got her for her garden. Katie presented her with a couple of books - the new JD Robb paperback Kathy and I have been waiting the release of, and a work search book to keep her brain active. Before you jump to the conclusion that I am anxious to get beat up by my quite a bit older sister, I'll put on the table that she loves word search puzzles. Her idea of outwitting dementia, not ours.
Yesterday the three of us went out for lunch and then headed to the Missouri Botanical Garden. As it was a slightly breezy day with temperatures in the 70's, the garden was buzzing with bees and tourists. There's nothing like a walk through the Garden to cleanse the mind, body and spirit. We came across a wedding reception in the center of the Garden, and I thought a Thursday wedding was a bit unusual until we encountered two other wedding parties. What a picture perfect day and location to begin a new life together! It made me think of our wedding day, nearly 31 years ago in Des Moines. August in Iowa is much like August in St. Louis, and our church was not air conditioned. On Friday evening we held the rehearsal at the church, and it was hot and humid. A thunderstorm swept through that night, and I fretted over what Saturday would bring. I like to think that God was blessing our special day with a beautiful blue sky complete with puffy white clouds, a small breeze and a temperature of 70 degrees. Here's to yesterday's newlyweds!
Today is sunny and pretty as well. Now, how can we top yesterday's walk in the park?