Monday, September 24, 2018

New Friends

No, these three are not our new friends!  We did see them out at the marsh last Wednesday. I think they must have heard the story about Trump calling the hurricane wet, from the standpoint of water. One is laughing so hard, the other two are just angry that such a lunatic is president. Or, maybe they heard about the Kavanaugh debacle. It could be so many things. The news makes us crazy; we could laugh hysterically or manage our rage. We try to do both.

But we really do have new friends. Remember the post I did the other day about meeting two people out at the marsh, a woman and her elderly dad named Hy? Well, I really wanted to see them again. So, I asked a friend who is a cashier at the local co-op if she may have heard of Joanie and her dad who had just moved in with her. She said she thought she may actually know who I was inquiring about and would send out some messages. Well, sure enough, she did indeed know Joanie, and was able to get us in touch with each other. On Saturday Roger and I met them out the marsh, and we took a lovely long walk together. Hy is 96 years old, and he kept up with us on our three-mile loop. Joanie told me that he stays fit and healthy because he has always walked and hiked. What a role model he is for aging well.

We all enjoyed the walk so much we plan to do it once a week. We talked politics and family, our shared eastern European histories, and bird watching. I'm so glad I tried to find them. Our lives our already richer for it. I just wish I had thought to take photos. Too much talking and laughing to turn the camera on. Next time!

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  1. i love it when i am so in the moment i forget to take photos! even though afterwards, i wish i had them.

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    1. 37paddington-- Yes! Those are the best moments.

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  2. I love this post! And you already know that! (-:

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  3. Terrific! I hope I'M out hiking three miles when I'm 96!

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    1. Steve-- I thought of you when I typed that about Hy being 96 and out hiking about!

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  4. Great metaphor at the beginning of the post on the political situation.

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    1. Red-- It's true. Those river otters' faces said it all.

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  5. Hooray for new friends. Glad to hear the otters are keeping up with the news. A former news junkie, I now cannot watch so I pick up pieces from the newspaper and Internet sites worthy of my attention.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- We gave up cable and Direct TV when we moved to Arcata. No TV news for us except occasional views of PBS News Hour. It helps us stay sane. Yes, we loved those otters paying attention like that!

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  6. Wonderful that you found Hy and Joanie! It was so clear that you felt a strong connection to them when you first posted about them. I wish you many years of wonderful walks and (soon, I'm sure) shared meals and long visits.

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    1. CCorax-- It really was a lovely strong connection, like family... and in Yiddish we say mishbucha. We're looking forward to more time together.

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  7. That one really does look like he is laughing. How neat that you found your new friends and that you will continue to take walks together. Ninety six and keeping up? What a guy.

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    1. Patti-- Isn't that laughing otter cute! Yes, Hy really is quite a role model. We're so glad our paths crossed.

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  8. Nice to meet new friends like that, love those otters

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    1. Bill- It was nice, and we loved seeing those otters too!

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