“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” – Victor Hugo (26 Feb 1802 – 22 May 1885)
A major highlight of the September vacation to Maine was reconnecting with my friend Heidi, whom I had known in Portsmouth, NH while living there in the mid ’80s, and whom I had not seen since 1986 when I moved to Philadelphia. She has been living in Los Angeles for the last seven
years. We spent a lovely 24-hour period together that coincided with the Autumn Equinox. Above, Heidi with my cousin Steve Cole and wife Karen who hosted Heidi’s Thursday overnight stay. Friday we did a bit of touring the seacoast, then were invited to join first-cousin Marge Cole Thompson with husband Dewey, along with second-cousin Mary Gay Baldyga (standing in the photo above) for a lunch of Italians sandwiches from Amato’s (oh, the memories), sitting on the porch of the old farmhouse at Cole Farm Dairy, where we cousins had spent many a delightful moment in our childhood and youth before launching out on our own.
Late in the afternoon the day before, after Heidi’s arrival, she and I took a walk to the Saco River where the selfies and the long-shadow photo were
taken. What a delight to discover that despite the years of not seeing one another, we were as comfortable with each other’s company as if we had been together only days or weeks before. Tempus Fugit. Before we knew it, our 24-hour time of reconnection drew to a close, and it was time for Heidi to catch the train for a return to Boston, where she was visiting her sister for a few more days before returning to LA. What wonderful moments to remember…