(Old friends are like old houses, they hold so many wonderful memories)
On weekends when we are on the road we attend church as a rule. So this week in this area, my girl was reading something, looking for a church and she sorta squealed, "Ron and Sylvia have a church in this area!" WE met Ron and Sylvia after I had become more active teaching and entertaining (no longer preaching). At the time we met, Ron was just beginning his ministry after 'feeling the call to preach' and we were attending the same church.
So, we visited their church and took them out to dinner afterwards and sat in the booth for an hour talking after the meal. It was fun to catch up, it had been 35 years. Lots of water under the bridge. Of course I have a tough time communicating but as the crowds diminished in the restaurant I could understand better and I asked about their health, they looked great.
"Well Jack, other than a heart attack, 5 bypasses, a stroke and having a de-fib installed, I am great." WE sorta laughed, a surprise laugh, not a funny laugh. then he said, "Seriously, I do feel great and I get along very well."
Now we have an invite to their home for dinner coming up. It is good to cross paths with folks you have known under pleasant conditions.
"Write a book, price it so your profit is $1, sell a million copies and you have it. Do you know who said that?" Ron asked me.
"No." says I.
I taught this kid to change the colors of hankies and he is teaching me how to put a toad to sleep. (That is Sy, from up in the North Woods of Wisconsin, a Darla grandlove. He is practically grown now, I hear)
Ron & Sylvia stirred a lot of good memories.