It’s Been Two Weeks…

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison

Taken on Midway Island outside the bombed island power station during the anniversary of the Battle Of Midway 2007.  Sue loved to walk and explore.  We walked 14 hours one day in Singapore!

After getting up, I got the house ready for the cleaning people and waited for the plumbers to arrived to fix a faucet.  Well, he took a look at the valve and asked, “How old is it?”.   I responded with something like, “Older than dirt!”.  We decided he would come back Friday after I buy two new state of the art faucets.

So I visited Lowe’s and got two new Moen faucets, and he is returning Friday at lunchtime.  While near Lowe’s, I visited Total Wine as I needed margarita glasses and rimming salt.   While there, mu favorite saleslady asked where I had been, and we both had a good cry.  She is a lovely lady!

Returning home, I again attacked the trees out front.  Getting old is tough, as I can work for a couple of hours before having to rest a bit.  Progress is being made!

Every day another foot gets lopped off the top of that tree. I will be done by Friday!

The mailman came, and I got more essential papers to deal with soon.  While in the office, I checked my email and got another of the many thoughts sent from friends.  This one was just so nice and captured her well.

Dear Paul,
We recently heard the unfortunate news that Sue passed away. There are no words that convey how sorry we are for your loss. During the years on the Stralighters” board and at the dances, she made a huge impression as a person of sincere warmth, kindness, and intelligence. There are few people in this world who have the love of life that Sue had. Dancing at Disneyland, with the Starlighters or at Catalina, playing golf, or having fun at Old Ranch, you both were an example of how growing older doesn’t mean getting old. Although we haven’t seen Sue much in the last couple of years, she is one of those unforgettable people who will be remembered for her determination to fight and conquer the health problems she faced in the past and to go on to live her life to the fullest in the present. Everyone lucky enough to have known her on any level has been blessed. We hope the memories of a beautiful life together will help to sustain you in the coming months. We will all remember her with a smile.
Best regards,
Jan and Paul Morin

The iPhone did its dance, and I picked it up!  It was my son Joe asking ol’ pops if I’d like to have lunch.  I yelled at Domilita, our cleaning person, that I was off to eat octopus and zoomed over to the Poke House eatery, which is walking distance from Joe’s work.  We had a great lunch together.  He has grown into a nice man, and may I say; I had some doings with that effort. 

Back to the grind! I continued to work in the yard until 4:00 PM when I had to get cleaned up as I am going out this evening.  Dear Vicky and Del asked Bob & Donna, Irene, Ed, and I to join them at the Barclay Theather to hear “Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Music that Ended WWII”. 

We had dinner at the Fish Fry in Irvine, and my rainbow trout was excellent!   Off to the theater!

The music of the Greatest Generation inspired a nation with its everlasting songs of love and romance. Featuring the iconic tunes of Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, and such timeless classics as “As Time Goes By, I’ll Be Seeing You, and “That Old Black Magic.”

Sue loved to dance to this great music! We would dance all night long.

When we sat down, Donna sat next to me with her husband, Bob, on the other side.  I now know why. 

When the song started, Donna grabbed my hand and held it tight the whole time.  Donna and Sue went to school together and knew each other well. 

Sorry about that, it’s just a song we enjoyed so very much. It’s probably the only slow song we ever danced too.

We got home at about 11:30 PM, and it was a beautiful evening being surrounded by such wonderful and caring friends.  It was an excellent way to be eased back into doing things.


About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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