PHOTOS FROM SHARON'S VISIT WITH LARRY AND WILMA 2011
Clockwise from top left: Sharon standing on the highest point in Iowa County, taking a photo of South Amana in the distance; Sharon, Wilma, and Arlene (an Iowa cooking buddy, Twin Lakes Chef); Arlene and Sharon by the South Amana lake in the woods; Sharon by the lake
Sharon on the back patio with Laila; Sharon at the Amana Arts Guild with a rug hooked by Wilma's mother, which appeared in National Geographic magazine; Sharon sitting on the driveway, eating a cake I baked for her from her own recipe; Larry, Sharon, and Arlene on the back patio
Sharon with Larry and Wilma's Afghan hound, Saphira
" .... on a historic train ride when we were at the RU in Boone. The conductor enjoyed talking about Paducah, KY, which is just a few miles from me."
".... at dinner with some of the group from the RU. From left is Moby's husband, then Moby, then Daltri, Merigold, Arlene, then Wilma and LarryR then me. It was in an old building turned restaurant called the Giggling Goat."
I guess maybe for those of you who don't know, I need to explain something. Larry and I go back several years, mostly because we are both writers. During the course of the years of friendship, we have established the fact that our lives have been incredibly similar. It has nothing to do with location or the fact that we are about a year apart in age, we've just had the strangest parallels. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time in his home with him and his beautiful Wilma and their two dogs. (I love the dogs too.) It was in May 2011, and I think sometimes that it was one of the most special visits I've ever made. I met his daughter, Robin, and Wilma's sister, as well as many of their friends. Through learning all I could absorb about the Amanas, where he lives, I saw even more connections, especially those related to our childhood, and the beliefs of our parents, the ways of the churches we grew up in, just things like that. It helps that we also think alike and that our lives have continued on a similar path over the years.
So if we banter back and forth, it's the kind of bantering between old friends whose souls are somehow connected. If I had an older brother, I would do the same thing with him. It's that kind of friendship. And if you notice, Larry banters right back. If he ever quits bantering, or if I do, then y'all will know something is wrong somewhere.
And Wilma, well, she just lets us go at it. She hasn't had to pick up any pieces yet, though there was one time when she and I both thought we might should send him to his room for a day or two.
The thing is we're pretty self confident people and most of us are always encouraging to each other so we enjoy sharing personal pictures. I think if there were any negativity in this cubit, we would be a bit more hesitant to share. Lucky us that we have such a compatible group and lucky us that we've stuck together long enough that we are comfortable with being who we are here. I think it's a matter of respect, each for the other.