My daughter, Evie, is heading East this July. Her Navy husband, Joe, will be attending the War College before he gets his own command. For the several years that I have lived in the Northwest ,she has been only three hours from Vancouver, an easy ride both ways. Her proximity has been a comfort. Maureen Fox and her family, Muff and I will miss her more than words can say. Evalyn Coleman is the sort of person who feeds the soul. You can relax when she is in charge. She's marvelous cook, a dilligent mother and a glamorous wife. She sings and plays the piano at family gatherings, she is wise and willing to listen. Somehow I never considered the idea that my large family would all wander so far. You know how you laughed at those who longed for a family compond? I would build one today if I could.
Her kitchen....themed in chickens, .oh, the memories of great food, sorting and folding laundry,listening to the constant stream of incoming and outgoing calls, and talking to the scores of friends that were entertained on her back porch on all sorts of occasions.
The story telling around the dinning table. If there was a birthday to celebrate evryone was instructed to say something loving about the birthday celebrant. At Christmas time, the table is up-ended to serve as the creshe for the holy family and the donkey (usually played by Joe) as carols were played on the piano and sung by our makeshift choir. Thank Heaven Joe and Evie are renting the house so they must return at some point.
And one of my favorite places.....the piano. The beautiful music that permeated the home with lovely harmonies, rousing choruses, and haunting melodies that will remain forever in my heart. I have experienced many a Celestial moment here. Thank the Lord that this family is forever.