Ten days and counting: I’m getting too old for this. Festivities included back-to-back Clearwater Grille dinners, a Sunshine Café breakfast, an outdoor family reception, a photo shoot in the library, Bridgeman’s supper with long-time friends, a Facebook fracas with surprising follow up, plus a loaded weekend ahead with a family gathering at home and birthday party at Kevin and Tena’s.
Let my epitaph read: Done in by good fun, good food, and good intentions.
A highlight was the Sunday afternoon gathering at Norma’s daughter Betsy’s country home for visiting Dianne Hamilton from Oklahoma, Norma’s niece and houseguest. I enjoyed stimulating conversations. Every person is a story.
The Edmond Company is upgrading Woodland Garden’s website. Den mother Sandy chose me to be the token male for a library photo shoot with librarian Norma. We are 58 women and 8 men. Professional photographer Susan Maguire clicked away. Her day job is Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts Department, University of Wisconsin Superior. Her photos and artwork have been published and exhibited nationally and in Europe.
A comment about women in the church occasioned the Facebook fracas. I probably came on too strong, but we must interpret the Bible in its cultural setting. The subject came up during supper at Norma’s. I orated at length on the Genesis Adam and Eve story, how God made Adam from ordinary dust while he made woman from a living rib. Norma threw the time-out sign. Rib? He made this Finn girl from back-bone.
Our meal at Bridgeman’s with George (Toivo) and Lois Nordling from Ironwood Michigan stirred memories. I was their interim pastor in the late 1980s. George was church treasurer, fresh out of alcohol rehab. I found he could write. It took four years to walk him through telling his story, Walking to the Light, Not an Easy Road. George has been sober over 25 years. He teaches the Men’s Bible class in his church. I enjoy Toivo’s Front Porch Musings at yooper517.blogspot.com.
Blessed days; blessed memories; and more to come.
Old Grandpa Lloyd