For Frances

She hosted a bridal shower for me in her home.  And one for my sister.   And for my two aunts.   Also for my mother when she was a bride-to-be.  And baby showers.

When I think of going to Bible class as a child, my fondest and earliest memories are of her teaching me.

But my happiest memories of all are the memories of her rich alto voice singing into my young ears, with me sitting on the pew right in front of her.  I thought I would be a soprano, but I fell in love with that harmony line… and it’s a good thing.  My voice stopped reaching those high notes even as a small girl, and I had a grand time singing along with her low voice.

What a delight to celebrate with her on the day she turned 90.  And not just show up for the party… but to help decorate, to make mints, to pour the ginger ale into the punch bowl.  My sister, my aunts and I had a ball.  We just had a ball.

Sunday morning before the party we joined our dear friend in a little church building down in Livingston, Texas.  I sat right in front of her, just like old times, and I held my little great-niece in my lap and sang alto into her tiny ears.

And I loved that moment in this circle of my life.


7 Responses to “For Frances”

  1. Sharon says:

    Special memories for all of us. We were all thrilled with the outcome, Frances at the top of the list! Lovely article.

  2. lawaanda calton says:

    What a beautiful story! I could see the party in my head, but also I could see those bridal showers and baby showers! Yes….Frances is definitely part of our lives!

  3. Betty Williamson says:

    Beautiful story. What great memories to share.

  4. Jane Calton Welch says:

    Frances hosted MY baby shower. One of my treasures is the small glass baby carriage that held the flowers for the table decoration. Mom saved it all those many years and now it’s mine! What a delight to get to spend the special day with Frances, David, and Harry! Another memory to treasure! And yes, I owe my teaching ability to her, but, my singing ability came from Leroy! We’ll meet again!

  5. Cheryl says:

    What a sweet story that brought tears to my eyes. Love life’s circle. And that photo…haven’t seen those fans in such a long time. Brought back memories of worshipping in small buildings with the windows open in the summer and NO ceiling fans. One place we worshipped when I was in elementary school still had an outhouse.:) Wonder if the next generation will have any interesting memories about where they have worshipped.:)

  6. Robin Green says:

    There is no one like you, Sandy. How you have blessed my life, even as we live a thousand miles away. I know you don’t forget. You don’t have age limits on friendship. You do appreciate others and forgive their little eccentricities. You have time for life and you share it with your friends and loved ones. I count it a joy to know you. ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’……. what a wonderful time is ahead for us!

  7. Sandy says:

    Robin, my dear friend! You give me happy tears! Yes… an eternity of happy times ahead for us!

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