Jo’s Jottings: Seeing and hearing from relatives and friends makes this time of year special

By Jo Ellen Dale

I have heard from my brother in law, Earle Dale, that his son Kurt and family flew in from their home in Seattle, Wash. for a visit.  They then went on to Longboat Key on the west coast of Florida, where they have rented a condo for four days.
They will return and spend Easter with Earle and Ann Dale.  Those present in addition to those mentioned above were Delene, Kurt’s wife, and their children, Julia and Jenna.  Earle and Ann are delighted because they don’t get to see them that often.
Wednesday, Billie Hamann and I joined the other members of our old couples’ club for lunch at Longhorn Steak House restaurant and then on to Jack and Jessamine Layman’s home for dessert.  It was a beautiful day and we always enjoy getting together and visiting. The other couple there was Fred and Paula Burress. Next month it is my turn and I look forward to seeing them again.
I saw Jean Davault at the beauty shop one morning and she has just returned from Texas, where she visited her daughter, Mary.  Apparently, her return trip via airlines was exhausting.  I agree that making flight connections in some airports can be a problem, although the terminals now have moving sidewalks to make things easier.
The Maundy Thursday service was held this year at the United Christian Presbyterian Church with a joint choir and Rev. Ron Galvin and Rev. Don Smith, who gave the message. It was a lovely service but the attendance was not what had been expected.  At noon I attended the Holy Week luncheon at the United Methodist Church and the soup, sandwich and dessert meal prepared by the members of the Christian Fellowship Ministries was delicious.  It is always good to have fellowship with other churches as well.
Easter weekend my son Chuck and I traveled to St. Louis to see my new great-granddaughter for the first time and to visit with  members of our extended family.  The weather was beautiful and of course the food was even better. On Saturday, several of us took my great-grandson Myers to the St. Louis Zoo.  We must have walked five miles around this huge place with the fenced-in open air areas for many species of animals.  Myers had a great time and was fascinated with some of the more exotic species.  After all that, he was still rarin’ to go and it was hard for me to keep up.  Sunday we enjoyed a family dinner in the home of my daughter- in-law’s sister and family before starting home.
Rev. Ron Galvin tells me that one of our own, Catherine Pence, has been named a valedictorian of Richmond High School’s senior class of 2014 and has been chosen junior grand marshal of the coming Mushroom Festival parade.  Congratulations to this talented young lady.
I hope that all of you had a blessed Easter and that you will send me your news.
Until next week,        

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