Hancock, New Hampshire July 22, 2011 6:20 a.m. EDT
Yesterday, after a smooth crossing of Long Island Sound, and a leisurely drive, we arrived at a happy Garand Manor. Cards of congratulations were waiting for us. It, the weather, was hot and humid. This morning is cool — and humid. As the sun rises over the trees, another hot day begins to make us all aware that air-conditioning can be a nice addition to a lifestyle.
Getting back to the cards, René and I were surprised. Mommy, Daddy, Betsey, and Paul each wrote a paragraph, in their own handwriting which, for some, is not easy. (Betsey and Paul wrote two cards each.) It is touching to know we have their blessing. We were open about the wedding plans and what it, the marriage, means in the “eyes of the law”. Then, we dropped the subject. That is the New England way.
Hancock, New Hampshire July 23, 2011 6:39 a.m. EDT
Waking up to a light rain is a surprise. Will the heat be quelled?
Yesterday, I kept falling asleep. When I was awake, I was so hot I could just sit and do nothing. René and I thought a walk up the back road would be refreshing. We were wrong. At the bridge, looking at the brook, we knew, instantly, the place to be was on the porch with the wee bit of air moved by a fan. Later, sitting outside under the trees on the lawn kept us refreshed. It was there we noticed clouds filling the sky.
At an early supper, René and I were presented with a scrumptious, two-layer chocolate cake with “Congratulations John and René” written with frosting on the top. Yummy!
Life is slow and easy here on Garand Lane.
Hancock, New Hampshire July 24, 2011 7:03 a.m. EDT
Another quick trip has come to an end. Another few drops of rain are greeting this day, too. However, the hot weather continues.
Patience is hotter than the weather. Elders take a great deal of care and understanding. The Young cannot fathom attaining an age where care will be a must. Am I fortunate, in that, I, myself, have had to overcome two injuries to my brain? This has given me a certain insight to how our brain works. Of course, books help educate. Patience is, perhaps, one of the greatest commodities. It is difficult — very — to realize truth. The aging process is cruel to all ages. René and I leave Garand Manor for Zwerglipatch Cottage knowing we can only do what we can do with patience and Aloha.