Saturday, May 20, 2006

8:06 PM Saturday May 20, 2006

We had a chance to renew a past friendship with a former co-worker of mine and her husband this past Thursday. When I worked for the state at the prison north of Shelton, WA the Business Manager was a lady named Elaine. She has since retired and along with her husband, Bob been coming south to Yuma during the winter months for several years. First they came in their motorhome, then they traded that for a park-model mobile and last year, they built a beautiful three bedroom home and have really been enjoying the wonderful new space.
With their address in hand, and sure that they had headed north by now, we certainly didn't expect them to be home but wanted to see if we could find their house. As it turned out, we caught them in the later stages of packing up to move permanently back to their summer home in Shelton for at least the next four years. As we all know, life is rarely static and often full of surprises. Through a twist of fate, they have been granted custody of their 14-year-old granddaughter so the Yuma house is up for sale and they are "camped out" waiting for the 2005-06 school year to finish up. They plan to have her finish the next four years of high school in Washington. Her grandparents told us she is a very special young lady and they want her to have every chance to blossom into her full potential. Stability at home and staying in one school will certainly be a big help in that regard.
We enjoyed our visit with Elaine and Bob and hope to see them again some time when we return to Shelton for the summer.

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