“There will always be times when we need a listening ear, someone to share our thoughts and idiosyncrasies, times when we need a shoulder to cry on, or just know that there is someone there for us should we need them.”
That’s my friend Janet and boy do I miss her not living here. I miss our lunches and crazy adventures. There aren’t many people you can call and say “Hey! There’s an alpaca workshop 2 hours from here. Can you drop everything and take a ride with me?” and she would. She was up for anything once she retired. Here I am with Leo. She and her husband Leo were two of the first people I met when I moved to Johnstown 31 years ago and they have since moved away to be closer to their own kids. Leo worked with Jay, and Janet, a nurse, became my hospitality committee. She introduced me to so many people, invited me to go skiing with her friends, introduced me to someone who invited me to join the Garden Club, and so much more. Through all that, she was my good friend and treated me like one in a million. She has a gift of hospitality and is a wonderful mom. Now if I could just get her to eat what doesn’t bother her delicate constitution! That’s a whole other topic. They are like an aunt and uncle to our son. They’re wonderful people and I miss them not being here. When they moved away, for the first time ever in their lives, out of the area, it reminded me that life goes on. They have so many friends and family here who have wanted to see them and they’ve done a good job of trying to squeeze them all in, but their hearts are with their kids and grandkids.
We’ve been fortunate to have merely been their home away from home and I hope they’ve been comfortable. She and I chat in the morning over coffee at the counter in our kitchen and Leo and I chat on the couch at night watching golf or Ninja Warriors. They are on different ends of the clock, these two! Jay grabs Leo in the middle of the morning for a little Tasty Trade if they have time before their whirlwind social schedule. We were able to squeeze in a few games of Rummikub. I know-Tammy, if you are reading this and looking at the board you see a million moves that we didn’t!
We even had a last dinner with Jack and Madison last night at Jim snd Jimmies. I can’t believe that they didn’t have plans. Hopefully, J&L, we’ll play again with you at your home in sunny Arizona. Until we meet again dear friends! In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.