Five years ago today, I met Cindy for the first time at lunch at a local restaurant. A co-worker was at the bar on July 31, 2002 – viewing the extremely humble beginnings of a loving relationship from afar. Iâ€™d spot this co-worker on our way out of the restaurant.
Today, to commemorate another otherwise happy milestone, this co-worker and I met for lunch at the same restaurant.
It was basically a time to look back â€“ and look ahead. Iâ€™m wrapping up a lot of important matters â€“ which I will not disclose here publicly. Suffice to say a huge burden is days away from being lifted from my shoulders.
Football season will be here in about a month â€“ but Cindy will not be in the stands with me as she was for a stretch of four seasons. Plus, a busier-than-normal busy autumn is ahead for the radio stations I work for part-time â€“ and Iâ€™ll be involved in some of them.
One thing Iâ€™m certain is not in the immediate future â€“ naming one of the new dormitory buildings in Cindyâ€™s honor. Youâ€™ll recall in an earlier post here at Doug Morris dot org, I gently challenged the powers that be to name a building for Cindy.
Looking back, naming a building for Cindy now would probably be too much too soon. Almost seven months have passed since Cindy died and the shock certainly hasnâ€™t worn off among those of us who were honored and privileged to be associated with her by blood or marriage. Iâ€™m sure the same can be said at Carey.
Some food for thought. Just today, Lamar County officials named a bridge in honor of Tom Parker, who served as the countyâ€™s road manager for a dozen years and died two years ago today. Perhaps in those two years, time has healed some wounds and heads of Tomâ€™s co-workers and relatives have thought clearer. End result: a true and proper chance to say â€œthank youâ€ to Tom.
But back to Carey. As I told my co-worker at lunch today, I firmly believe enrollment is going to increase as time goes on. That will likely mean more dorm space has to be built. Hopefully, that will mean a true and proper chance to say â€œthank youâ€ to Cindy â€“ by naming a dorm in her memory.
I came across your blog by chance as I was looking to see if there was a website for Walnut Grove cemetery. But I am glad I found some of your reflections and thoughts over these past few months. It was good to read more about Cindy and learn what a gift she was to so many others. I still think of you and Cindy’s family and pray for God’s peace and grace to come to you each day.
– Rev. Katherine Olson, Delphos