To those who read my column I must say that its absence in The Banner is due to laziness. And yes, the muse hasn’t been very strong. But time flies fast as I add days to my life. It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was telling people I had reached 100 years of life. On to 102!
Of course there are many changes as I age; instead of one cane I now use two. Also I have acquired my own wheelchair and it makes it possible to go places as long as someone will push me around. After selling my car that empty garage seemed to need some kind of transportation so I settled on a wheelchair! A poor substitute for transportation, but it’s wheels!
I don’t believe I have ever seen such a late display of fall foliage as we have had this year. As I write this column the trees around my place are still leafy green and have not shed.
In fact it has been such an unusual summer temperature wise it doesn’t seem like we’ve had a change of seasons. We may wonder what kind of weather we will have with the earth warming.
I often think about those cold Midwestern winters where we heated our homes with "parlor" stoves and how we hovered around them when the chill winds blew across those prairie states.
I visit in a home every Sunday evening where there is a great open fireplace and it is the pleasantest time of the week.
Winter is on its way.
The other day my phone rang and a voice I did not recognize asked if she could come by with a friend for a visit. She added that she reads my column and wanted to chat a bit. With my poor hearing I just didn’t get her name.
At the appointed time my doorbell rang and sure enough there was my dear friend and her driver.
What a visit we had. Old friends are sometimes the best. Our friendship dates back to the 18 years I lived in North Adams. My older friend is blind and the other one now uses crutches. We recalled many phases of our lives during that period.
The big church we attended has now been "deconsecrated" and will no doubt be demolished.
My son who lives nearby came to the house and added his recollections.
What wonderful happenings friendships are.
As we grow older it seems they become more precious.
Harriette Leidich is a Banner coumnist.