MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU . . . . . . . AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO . . . . . . .
Remembrance . . . . . like a candle, shines brightest at Christmastime ! ! !
At this time of the year, friends are closer to our hearts as we reflect upon the past with memories cherished . . . . . and upon the present with new friendships we hold dear. These friendships, past and present, give JOY and HAPPINESS to us in our retirement years.
We have been admonished by the more experienced senior citizens as to the importance of staying busy in retirement . . . . doing the things we like to do that brief vacations before did not allow us to do. We have adhered to this wise counsel and have found the year 1982 to be a busy and happy time!
A 'once-in-a-lifetime' occasion was Grandma Uible's 90th birthday celebration in June, in New Vienna, Ohio. Then Sept 25th our son Robert married Cindy Bussing in Lake Worth. Both are teachers at Kirklane Elementary, suburban L.W.; this is where they met. Cindy's home is in Brazil, Indiana. She is a graduate of Indiana University. Our oldest son, Joseph, returned home from Saudia Arabia and served as Best Man. The family, all at the same time, were together for the first time in ten years!
Our annual visit to our daughter, Marianne's home in Lancaster, Pa., was gratifying this year in one very special way. Robert (8) and Wesley (5) were the center of attention in swimming meets at their local pool . . . . winning ribbons and awarded at the end of the season with a trophy: "As brothers the most improved swimmers." Watching them compete was a delight for Grandma and Grandpa . . . can't wait until next summer!
In November we flew to Phoenix, Arizona, to be with our niece, Roberta Uible, Senior Village Supervisor, a project of the county Health Dept., in long term care for the elderly, was an experience long to be remembered . . . . . . . sharing in their activities of bingo, bridge, scrabble, etc. Sight-seeing tours to various parts of the State was most enjoyable.
Several trips to our son, Cris's home in Statesville, N.C. allowed us to do several things of interest . . . . . a trip to the World's Fair in Knoxville . . . . four days attending the Azeala Festival in Wilmington, N.C. . . . . four days in Charleston, S.C. for the Spoleta Festival . . . . and the Master's Golf Tournament in Augusta.
Yes . . . . we do stay busy in retirement . . . . not to mention Bill's avid interest in Golf and Mary busy with her church affairs and Music. We get a Bridge game in now and then. Ha!
IT'S BEEN A GOOD YEAR . . . . . . A WONDERFUL YEAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"All things bright and beautiful,
All things great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all."