Last weekend the Warden and I went to Arkansas to visit my dad. His 83rd birthday was coming up and that gave good reason for quick trip down to visit him and eat some cake. While there Dad mentioned he had something he had found that Shirley might like to have. He then gave her an article from the 1991 Winfield Daily Courier Achievement Edition that my mother had saved.
The article was about the Warden's volunteer work at our local elementary school. She was, at the time, the president of the parent / teacher organization. She also volunteered one afternoon a week as an aide working with the students doing what ever the teachers needed. There were several quotes from her about the activities of the school, the aide program and the PTO organization.
It also quoted the principal's glowing words concerning my wife and the program of which she was a part. He mentioned how the aide program, though unpaid, was invaluable to the students. There were also some pictures of her working with the students.
The Warden then handed me the article explaining further to Dad what the PTO had achieved during those former years. She told how the old school had been replaced and now she worked in the libraries of the new schools. "Wow," she said looking at me, "That was a trip down memory lane."
"Sure is." was my response, pointing to a picture. "You were a lot thinner back then."
She hasn't spoken to me much this past week ... at least not with civility.