Thursday we started out enjoying the holiday weekend. We rode out to Outz's on the red Harley. We ate oysters and smoked mullet and rode down to St. Marks. It was a lovely ride and a gorgeous day. Friday we had to run errands in Tallahassee and wanted to sneak in and get out before everyone left for the Holiday Weekend that we had already started enjoying. We went to Wally World and bought a couple of plyclasamous for the lotus pond and the gold fish. We ate lunch at Costco's. We walked around the store picking up what we needed and eating the little tasting booths spread throughout the store. By the time we got to the food court we were too full, even for one of their amazing hand dipped ice creams. We came home and got ready for the Monticello Opera House, Stage Company's Murder Mystery. Judy directed it again this year. This time completely and totally her vision. The play was silly, but the actors were wonderful. The room had been turned into a saloon and was amazing. The show was fun and as the acts slipped by in between the courses of the meal,it gave you time to really enjoy the various characters. Shirley's Fester was over the top funny, and the more she was on the stage, the happier the audience was. Ms Liddy was sick on Friday night. She barely had a voice, and yet she pulled it off Various actors jumped in with her lines as needed. And Ms Liddy was a big enough personality that it worked perfect. Except for one time. And that one time was even better.
Ms Liddy went to give a line and there was no voice. She looked back at Mandi Holley, who as an adorable school marm, Ms Prunesomething. She was prudish and sweet and cute drunk on the "tonic". Mandi is pretty amazing with learning every one's lines, but she was not able to help this time. So, when Ms Liddy looks back for help, Ms Prunesomething or other is drunk on tonic and in character she says she doesn't know that line. It was so in character and Ms. Liddy turned back to the audience. Cleared her throat and threw her hands on her hips and the line came out. A little croaky at the end, but perfectly in character it charmed us all. To see that kind of cool calm talent to stay in character in community theater is why I have loved my years involved. Bug did not make the end of the play. Just after the second act when they brought the food out, his stomached started arguing with him. He wasn't able to eat his dinner and he headed for home. We had sat with Jack and Jan and the new Episcopalian priest and his wife.
We have stayed close to home for the rest of the weekend until I drove into town for Raju. His family had flown in from all over the United States and India. Raju is a JAG lawyer in the Air Force. He was in Afghanistan last year and there was a young man and his wife at the ceremony who had been in Afghanistan with Raju. Raju's beautiful wife to be was there, as well as her family. The rest of us were friends of the family and so honored to get to be there.
I ran over to Wally World and got some meds for Bug to see if we can get on top of this thing. I also found 2 banana plants 50% Off so I snapped those up for my new garden.
Bug has suggested that we get a landscape architect to tackle this garden. At first I was so disappointed. I wanted us to do this together. But really doesn't that mean my idea and Bug's back breaking work? I can say I will do most of it, but really?? I know I can do some of it, but some of the hardscapes required someone who knows what they are doing. And they are not squinting into their smart phone in the bright sunshine reading DIY instructions on the Internet. Hmmm. I like this idea better and better. I want Ahmad from Yard Crashers. Trust me if I could figure out how to get him here, I would do it in a snap. A snap I tell you. But alas, I have no idea how to do that. Well, that is not completely true. I actually looked up "wish foundations" for adults with life ending diseases. The only problem with those is that you have to be within the last year of your life. I don't think I could pass that off. I know I don't have that many years beyond, but I think I will still be here in a year. Maybe. I think so. So, so much for "wishes". I am sure that I can find someone like Ahmad here and they will let me help in the work. A new adventure. One we will do together, but no with our own old backs. Yay!!!
A good weekend. Time spent remembering. Remembering all the people who have touched my life some how who are gone. Whether Walt Disney who gave us a vision for the future to Gandhi and MLK Jr for their vision of peace. I thought of my parents and grand parents, happy that I was able to know all of them. I thought of soldiers and peace keepers and conservationists, and Teddy Roosevelt and his cousin Eleanor and so many people who helped to make my world today. A good memorial Day. Time in the garden. Time with dear precious friends. Time with my honey. Time with my animals. A day to remember. To celebrate a wedding and a 94th birthday. Nice to remember and celebrate on a day like today. At a time when I have been remembering.
Geeta's father, gently told me to just live in the memories now. They are important, and they will become me and I will naturally move on with me life. Don't try and control something that is natural. Let it happen. That helped to remind myself that I am where I should be right now.
A day to remember, just like it should be.