Friday was a day of mixed images and mixed emotions. The day before the 50th anniversary party was to have been a day of visiting and perhaps a bit of touring with the friends that had traveled from VA and CO to attend the party. Sadly it became the day of Aunt Anna Cloutier's funeral. Anna was the last survivor of a special group made up of my father, his seven siblings and their spouses. A generation has passed. After the funeral we picked up Allen and Joyce Wegner and Phil, Laura and Karin Catalfamo at the inn where they were staying and convoyed to the campground in Brookline, NH. The weather presented us with a steady, but mostly gentle, drizzle, so we sat around under the awning reminiscing. Those two couples, who have been close friends of ours for many years, had never met each other. They soon discovered that they had several common acquaintaces (besides us, of course).
As suppertime approached, the rain increased. We ordered pizza and moved inside the motorhome. The pizza came from a local convenience store and gas station so my expectations were not high. I was particularly worried because the Catalfamos come from long lines of fine Italian cooks AND they grew up in Brooklyn in the early 50's. We were all very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the pizzas...really excellent.
Saturday will be the party, so look for more later.