road trip….friends and family

I trekked up to Orange County today.  First I stopped for an overdue hello with a wonderful friend.  Then….lunch with friends I have known for 15 years.  Back when I was new to Southern California art shows, they helped me break into some really sweet venues.  Over time we even spent some holidays together.  Life challenged all of us and we fell out of touch for several years.  Me, with the starting over process….while Susie said her husband Jim was her rock and was there for her at every turn while she battled breast cancer for 3 years.  She is now cancer free.  They have always been close with their kids and truly are ‘family’.   Susie told me that when she lost all of her hair to chemotherapy…..her daughter, Holly, shaved her head to support her mom.  Over lunch, it felt as though all of those years didn’t change a thing aesthetically…wonderfully, the connection is still close and special.  Maybe…..I’ll be able to spend Christmas with them this year….like old times.

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