Friendships…

There are  so many types of friendships and all are important blessings in one way or another. Yet there is a special group of friends that share a very important part of life – The friends we made in college or in my case nursing school.

I went to Newport Hospital School of Nursing 1975-1978. Those were the years of first independence and my first taste of adulthood. We became men and woman together, developed our social consciousness and a taste for beer. We experienced life wearing rose-colored glasses and our hearts on our sleeves. We laughed (boy did we laugh) we loved and we learned about being a true friend. How to lean on someone you barely knew.

We were truly in it together. We shared the same dream, the same classes, the same jobs and  most of us lived together. I can’t think of a closer environment except for the military. This is why these people will always hold a very special place in my heart…

To quote Paul Simon ” A time it was, and what a time it was – A time of innocents a time of confidences.”

 

Ginnie

As Time Goes By…

I just finished sending a birthday card to my aunt V, she’s turning 80. How the hell did that happen? Wasn’t it yesterday she was playing kick-ball with us in her backyard on Bradford Street? Didn’t she just walk us all over the railroad tracks to swim at the bottom of Maple? I mean we all just got back from Andy’s gas station with a banana popsicle and fire balls? I thought I just saw uncle Mo driving his VW Beetle into the drive way – Isn’t he bringing home chow mien sandwiches from Bing Sum’s?

Unfortunately all those wonderful images occurred over forty years ago! Sadly everything I mentioned besides my aunt have passed on or changed… Yes Time goes by, but it’s so lovely to visit the memories…

Have a lovely Birthday Aunty

G

Charlie…

Today’s blog is dedicated to my cousin Charlie. Today he turns 60! He’s been in my life or should I say I’ve been in his life 54.10 of those 60 years. He lived next door to me for many of those years, and still is my mom’s neighbor. Charl is more of a brother than a cousin.

You see he is an only child and with us living next door to each other, certain responsibilities were given to him regarding me. Such as walking with me to the school bus (back in the day meant a half mile walk to the corner of the road – not to the edge of the driveway). He taught me how to shoot a basket ball, how to gap spark plugs, and how to build model cars you know – The usual stuff…

We have so many shared memories, some fun like shooting hoops in his driveway. Some very scary like the day he witnessed his dad’s fatal heart attack. There are the poignant times like when he helped me bring my dog Abby to Angel Memorial Hospital in Boston even though he knew there was no hope for her.

He has been and continues to be  a blessing in my life, and to think not too long ago we almost lost him. Like his father he had a heart attack, only he was lucky EMS resuscitated him. He never talks about it although he lives everyday fully. Here’s hoping he has many more!

Happy 60th Charl

Gin